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Updates on COVID-19 and Animals from the CDC

Although things have settled down somewhat regarding questions over coronavirus and pets – or at least the obvious questions have been answered – reopening is bringing other concerns. If it’s okay to go out more, can you safely take your pet? If people are going out, are pets safe? And more.

First, it was established that dogs and cats, in particular, could contract coronavirus although serious results were not reported. It is still generally thought that pets could not transmit coronavirus to their owners. One related caution involves a home or any location where one person is quarantined with COVID-19 and others are living in a separate part of the home. Pets should not be allowed to pass back and forth between the two groups any more than other items should be shared between the two.

However, reopening does bring other questions and it’s almost certain that advice will be changed and added going forward. For the present, a good source of information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions page. which has a section on “COVID-19 and Animals.” This is an excellent collection of advice and information as it’s best understood at present, with questions like this and detailed answers:

• Do I need to get my pet tested for COVID-19?

• Can animals carry the virus that causes COVID-19 on their skin or fur?

• Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

• What animals can get COVID-19?

• Should I worry about my pet cat?

• Can I walk my dog?

• Can I take my dog to daycare or a groomer?

• What should I do if my pet gets sick and I think it’s COVID-19?

• Why are animals being tested when many people can’t get tested?

• Are pets from a shelter safe to adopt?

• What about imported animals or animal products?

• Can I travel to the United States with dogs or import dogs into the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak?

• What precautions should be taken for animals that have recently been imported from outside the United States (for example, by shelters, rescues, or as personal pets)?

• Can wild animals spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people or pets?

• Can bats in United States get the virus that causes COVID-19, and can they spread it back to people?

• Is hunter-harvested game meat safe to eat during the COVID-19 pandemic?

• How can I safely run my equestrian facility?

Again, for more information, see the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page and look for “COVID-19 and Animals.”