Until very recently, there has been little to no information to suggest that pets could contract SARS-coronavirus 2 and become ill due to COVID-19. Then, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for the virus after being in contact with a zoo keeper who had been actively shedding the virus. Now, many pet owners are holding their breath waiting for more information from reputable sources about how to protect your beloved four legged family members from getting sick!
At Makers, we are concerned about the health and wellbeing of your whole family – no matter how furry they are! Here is what you need to know about your pets and COVID-19:
- There have been no confirmed reports of pets becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States. There have been 2 dogs and 1 cat tested positive in Hong Kong, and one cat in Belgium tested positive for the virus.
- There is no evidence to suggest people can catch this virus from a household pet or livestock.
- The American Veterinary Medical Association and the CDC recommend that anyone sick with COVID-19 should maintain separation from household pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would with other people.
- Face coverings, while recommended for people to wear in public places, are not recommended for your pets. These face coverings are likely to restrict your pets breathing and unlikely to be a good way to protect your pet from COVID-19.
Sources with links listed below for you to read more!
If you suspect you are sick, please call your primary health care provider immediately. If you suspect your pet is showing signs of this virus, please call your veterinarian for further instruction. The information in this post is accurate as of April 14, 2020. This is a rapidly evolving situation, so please continue to check the CDC, WHO, and American Veterinary Medical Association’s recommendations as they may be updated in the future.
- Coronavirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
- SARS-CoV-2 in animals, including pets, American Veterinary Medical Association
- Cats can catch coronavirus, study finds, prompting WHO investigation, Saumya Joseph from Reuters
- Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to SARS–coronavirus 2, Jianzhong Shi et. al – Science Mag
- Absence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in cats and dogs in close contact with a cluster of COVID-19 patients in a veterinary campus, Sarah Temmam et. al – Institut Pasteur, Pathogen Discovery Laboratory, Paris, France