Coronavirus (COVID-19), and Your Pet


Although much remains to be known about the virus' source, transmission, behavior and incubation time, provides clear guidelines for how you can protect your pet (and yourself) from it.

You can lower the chance of getting the virus by following the "flu-season" guidelines and applying common sense.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Stay at home if you're sick
  • Especially during flu and cold season, wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • If hand washing is not possible, use hand sanitizer that contains more than 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean surfaces that are often touched in your home or workplace

Pet owners may also be concerned about whether their pets could contract the virus or spread it. Coronaviruses are capable of infecting animals. However, it is not known if pets or other domestic pets can become infected.

Because viruses change quickly, it is crucial to keep abreast of any developments in the transmission and spread of the virus among domestic animals.

There are steps you should take if you are in quarantine for COVID-19. Also, remember to treat your pets the same way as people. Pets infected by COVID-19 can be treated with the same precautions as people.

  • You should limit your activities outside of your home.
  • Only go to the hospital to get medical treatment. Call ahead for instructions
  • Do not take public transport, taxis or ride-sharing.
  • If possible, have a separate bathroom in your home.
  • You can stay in a separate bedroom, away from any other people in the home.
  • Avoid contact with pets and all other animals.
  • When possible, ask for help from other people to care for your pet.

If you have COVID-19, it is important to avoid any contact with your pet. This includes cuddling, snuggling, sharing your beds, sharing food, and being kissed/licked.

If you must...

  • Take care of your pet by wearing gloves and a mask. Wash your hands afterward.
  • If you are ill with COVID-19, and have had contact to your pet, do not allow your pet outside.
  • Keep up-to-date with the most recent information and advice by visiting the WHO and CDC websites.

If you are looking for more answers, we recommend giving McClure Vet service a call. As a Springfield MO vet clinic with many years of experience, they are a go-to professional source for answers about your pets.

Coronavirus (COVID-19), and Your Pet Reviewed by Bedliner Review on July 02, 2021 Rating: 5

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