With all the health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, as a responsible pet owner, you may be asking yourself, “Can pets get coronavirus, too?” Here are some recommendations for keeping your pet healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
Can Pets Get Coronavirus
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.” In other words, human to pet spread of the virus or vice versa has not been confirmed. That being said, your pet can only carry the virus, but they can’t get sick from it.
Keep up With Cleanliness
Protect your pets the same way you’re protecting yourself. Wash your hands thoroughly and often using soap to make sure you’re killing the germs on your hands. When going in public, disinfect everything you come into contact with with disinfecting wipes.
Stay on Top of Your Personal Health
If you’re confirmed to have the coronavirus, have another family member or friend take over caring for your pet. Just like you wouldn’t want to be in contact with any other vulnerable person when you’re sick, limit your contact with your pet and keep them at a distance to prevent exposing them and others. Also, make sure they have enough food in the home in case of quarantine.
Prioritize Your Pet
If human to pet spread becomes confirmed, it’s more likely pets get coronavirus that aren’t currently as healthy as they should be. Therefore, get your pet up to date on their vaccinations. Update your dog with canine influenza and bordetella vaccinations and continue taking them on walks and ensuring they get proper nutrition and exercise.
Regal Animal Hospital always wants your pets to stay healthy and safe. The best way to take care of your pet is to take care of yourself. If you suspect your pet is sick, bring them into the vet for quality care.