Animals Are Testing Positive for Coronavirus.
What Does This Mean For Your Pets?
In the last two weeks, several animals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. What we know about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is still developing, however the USDA reports that there is still no evidence to suggest that any animals, pets or livestock can spread COVID-19 to people.
That said, this development does underline the importance of restricting contact with pets if you are ill with COVID-19, just like you would with people. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that whenever possible, infected and sick individuals should have another member of your household care for your pets and any other animals. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
If you are sick and have a service animal or are the only caretaker available, protect your pet by wearing a cloth face mask and gloves. Avoid sharing food, kissing, or hugging your pet. You should also wash your hands thoroughly after having any contact with the pet or animal.
The AVMA also advises that now is the time to make sure you have an emergency kit prepared for both your family and your pets in case of full quarantine or isolation, because one of the biggest potential risks to your pet is lack of planning in the event of illness.
The bottom line is that despite evidence of transmission of the virus from a human to an animal, there is no reason to believe that domestic animals including pets are a source of infection.
If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at 503-227-6047.
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