Covid And Pets Cdc
Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet 2 meters away from others.
Covid and pets cdc. Cdc is aware of a small number of pets including dogs and cats reported to be infected with the virus that causes covid 19 mostly after close contact with people infected with covid 19. If you have pets. Tests for covid 19 in animals are available for most types of pets but testing is only recommended for animals with covid 19 symptoms and that have been exposed to a person with covid 19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets.
Currently the risk of pets spreading it to people is low. With recent news of tigers lions and pet cats in the us testing positive for the virus that causes coronavirus disease 201 9 covid 19 you may be wondering about the risks to your pets. April 22 2020 the u s. Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
If your pet tests positive. Centers for disease control and prevention cdc and the united states department of agriculture s usda national veterinary services laboratories nvsl today announced the first confirmed cases of sars cov 2 the virus that causes covid 19 infection in two pet cats. Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next.
Cdc usda and state public health and animal health officials are working in some states to conduct active surveillance of sars cov 2 in pets including cats dogs and other small mammals that had contact with a person with covid 19. The cdc provides some information for all pet owners in what you need to know about covid 19 and pets. If you have a service or therapy animal follow your local guidance for acceptable business and social practices. If you are sick with covid 19 do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself.
Based on the limited information available now the risk of pets spreading covid 19 to people is considered to be low. The cdc usda and state public health and animal health officials are working in some states. If your pet gets sick after contact with a person with covid 19 call your veterinarian and let them know the pet was around a person with covid 19. We re still learning about this virus and how it might affect animals including pets but there are simple ways to protect your pet from possible infection.
Public health vets animal health. Because there is a risk that people with covid 19 could spread the virus to some animals including pets cdc recommends that pet owners limit their pet s interaction with people outside their household and people known or suspected to have covid 19. A small number of pets have tested positive for the virus that causes covid 19.
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