Keeping your pets safe during Covid-19

Written by: Melissa Miller


Several dogs and cats (domestic cats and tigers) that were in contact with infected humans have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, ferrets appear to be susceptible to the infection. In experimental conditions, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit infection to other animals of the same species. However, there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and spread COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Here are some recommendations from the CDC when caring for your pets and keeping them safe during this time.


The CDC recommends that you treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from possible infection by taking these steps

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other people or animals
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining a distance of 6 feet between other dogs or people
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather


They also recommend these precautionary measures when interacting with pets

  • Wash your hands often before and after interacting with your pets
  • Minimize face licks
  • Bathe pets more frequently
  • Keep your pet away from non household members
  • Follow social distancing practices for all when out for a walk


And if you are infected with Covid-19, here’s what the CDC is recommending

  • Avoid contact with pets-this includes being kissed or licked and sharing food
  • Have someone else take care of your pet while you are sick
  • If you must care for your pet while you are sick, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after each interaction
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