Can My Cat/Dog Get COVID-19?

Yes, both cats and dogs can get infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, CDC (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention) research has found that cats may spread the virus to other similar species more easily than dogs. And while there have been cases of various animal species getting infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus worldwide, there’s no conclusive evidence that all animals can get COVID-19.

COVID-19 and pets

Here are a few important points for pet owners to keep in mind, according to the CDC:

  • There is currently no known reason to believe that any animals, including pets in the US, can spread COVID-19.
  • To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
  • Help prevent the spread of illness through hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Protecting your family, including your pets

People who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict their contact with animals, even petting and snuggling. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.

If you see any changes in the health condition of your pets, you should contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. Pet parents should adopt good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands before and after handling pets, their food and supplies, and maintain a clean environment.

Be sure to make pets part of your family’s emergency preparedness planning. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends keeping a two-week supply of your pet’s food and medications on hand. It’s also recommended you keep copies of your records on your mobile phone and in the cloud so that you an access them easily.

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