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:
using the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or
sneezing, and before and after caring for animals, including pets.
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.
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.
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