Obviously, many pet parents are concerned about the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and how to protect their families and their pets. The good news is that at this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. Nor is there currently any evidence that we can transmit the virus to them. However, as information about this virus is still developing, there are precautions you should take to protect your family and pets, including:
- WASH YOUR HANDS – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and especially after coughing, sneezing, contact with others or with animals. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you have any symptoms of respiratory illness, stay home and restrict your contact with your companion animals
- Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
- Know the symptoms – they are similar to influenza fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
We are actively monitoring developments related to animals and the virus, and we are taking additional precautionary steps to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting chairs, door handles, and the front lobby. You can find the latest updated information about COVID-19 as it relates to pets on the AVMA’s coronavirus page, and you are also welcome to give us a call with your questions at (919) 380-1157.