COVID-19 and Pets

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Recently, a small number of house pets, including cats and dogs, have become infected with COVID-19. Only a few of the animals that were reported to be positive showed signs of illness.

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.

“Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection,” Raquel Nahra, MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist. “Use social distancing with your pets by not letting them interact with people or other animals outside the household.”

The CDC offers some tips to help pets practice social distancing:

  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

If you are sick, have another member of your household care for your pets.

If possible while you are sick, avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.

If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

The CDC is working with human and animal health partners to monitor this situation and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 y sus Mascotas

Recientemente, un pequeño número de mascotas domésticas, incluidos gatos y perros, se han infectado con COVID-19. Solo unos pocos de los animales que reportaron ser positivos mostraron signos de enfermedad.

El virus que causa COVID-19 se propaga principalmente de persona a persona a través de las gotas respiratorias al toser, estornudar y hablar. En este momento, no hay evidencia de que los animales jueguen un papel importante en la propagación del virus que causa COVID-19. Según la información limitada disponible hasta la fecha, se considera que el riesgo de que los animales propaguen COVID-19 a las personas es bajo.

“Hasta que sepamos más sobre cómo este virus afecta a los animales, trate a las mascotas como lo haría con otros miembros de la familia humana para protegerlos de una posible infección”, Raquel Nahra, MD, Especialista en Enfermedades Infecciosas. “Utilice el distanciamiento social con sus mascotas al no permitirles interactuar con personas u otros animales fuera del hogar”.

El CDC ofrecen algunos consejos para ayudar a las mascotas a practicar el distanciamiento social:

  • Mantenga los gatos en el interior cuando sea posible para evitar que interactúen con otros animales o personas.
  • Pasee a los perros con una correa, manteniendo al menos 6 pies de distancia de otras personas y animales.
  • Evite los parques para perros o los lugares públicos donde se reúne una gran cantidad de personas y perros.

Si está enfermo, haga que otro miembro de su hogar cuide a sus mascotas.

Si es posible mientras esté enfermo, evite el contacto con su mascota, como acariciar, acurrucarse, ser besado o lamido, y compartir comida o ropa de cama.

Si debe cuidar a su mascota o estar cerca de animales mientras está enfermo, use una cubierta de tela para la cara y lávese las manos antes y después de interactuar con ellos.

El CDC están trabajando con socios de salud humana y animal para monitorear esta situación y continuarán brindando actualizaciones a medida que la información esté disponible. En este momento, no hay evidencia de que los animales jueguen un papel importante en la propagación del virus que causa COVID-19.

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Tammy

    I make my dog wear a mask due to the fact that he is a service dog and must go places with me I’m deaf and have seizures I was looking to see if they made mask for pets I havent ran into any so I just take the one I have put a knot in it and cover his nose train him every to leave it on he is good with it

  2. Avatar Deb A

    I’ve never been a fan of having my pet go to a pet park, because unfortunately too many people do not keep their pets immunizations current. I only own a cat (guess I should say she owns me) now and a Lorikeet. But in this time of social isolation, I am happy to have them to share my life with.

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