March 13, 2020

Pets and COVID-19 – What You Need to Know

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Currently, there is no evidence that pets can become sick. According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, there is currently no evidence that pets can become sick from COVID-19. These experts as well as the CDC, OIE and WHO indicate that there is no evidence to suggest pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection including spreading the virus to people. More investigation is underway and, as we learn more, we will keep you updated.

 

The Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH strongly recommends taking the following actions: 

 

For pet owners: 

 

For veterinarians:

 

Out of an abundance of caution, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends you take the same common-sense approach when interacting with your pets or other animals in your home, including service animals. You should tell your physician and public health official that you have a pet or other animal in your home. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. So, if you are ill with COVID-19, have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.

Other suggestions from the AVMA include: 

 

For additional information regarding your pets and COVID-19, click here. 


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