Michael Hamilton By Michael Hamilton • March 24, 2020

Coronavirus impact on pet health

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To keep you updated and ensure pet owners stay informed during this changing landscape, we will be reaching out with periodic updates.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we recommend checking the World Health Organization’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

These are very stressful times for us all. In these times of social distancing, our beloved pets are even more important. This message provides information on how you can best care for your pet and what steps you can do to protect your pet and yourself. 

What is the Coronavirus impact on pet health?

Your veterinarian is the your best resource, but here is what you should know about COVID-19 and pets. 

2-11Can dogs or cats get COVID 19?

The current research suggests that dogs cannot be infected by the COVID-19 virus but just like any object (counter, doorknob, etc.) it is believed tey can carry it on their fur - so wash your hands after petting.

What if my pets not feeling well or is showing signs of flu-like illness?

If your pet shows any signs of illness, such as coughing, sneezing or lethargy, call your vet, and keep them indoors to prevent further spread. Signs of illness in dogs and cats are usually associated with various common viral and bacterial infections (kennel cough, canine flu, etc.) that are neither coronaviruses nor transissible to people.

Should my pet wear a mask?

No. There’s no scientific evidence that facemasks protect pets from infectious diseaseas or air pollutants, and masks have the potential to be unnessarily scary or uncomfortable for pets.

Should I get my pet tested for COVID-19?

At this time, testing pets for COVID-19 virus is unwarranted, as there is currently co indication that apparently healthy and unexposed pets should be tested for the virus.

For additional sources for reputable information COVID-19

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

World Small Animal Veterinary Association: Coronavirus & Companion Animals Advice

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE): Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The good news in pets can not be infected with the virus, however, they can carry germs on their fur. Please refrain from petting anyones pet that is not your own and respectfully don’t allow anyone to approach your pet.  Practice social distancing.

Try to get your pets supplies shipped to your home directly.