Your Pet and Coronavirus- What to Know

Your Pet and Coronavirus- What to Know

With the constant news about the Coronavirus, some pet owners are wondering about how it may affect their beloved pets.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the World Organization for Animal Health, have issued statements that there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus. “The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.”, said the World Organization for Animal Health.

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County recommends the American Veterinary Medical Association’s guidelines for preventing illness and transmission to others, including pets:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after

using the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or

sneezing, and before and after caring for animals, including pets.

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue that covers your nose and mouth. Discard the tissue in a trash receptacle.

 

  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of respiratory disease such as fever, cough,

shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home until at least 24 hours after being free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) without the use of fever-reducing medications.

 

  • If ill, restrict contact with people and animals alike. Avoid petting, snuggling

with or being licked by animals, and do not share food with them. If possible, a

household member who is not ill should care for any animals in the household. If

you must be near animals while sick, wear a mask and wash hands thoroughly

before and after interacting with them.

For more information, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html/#animals

https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/

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