As Shelter-In-Place is now extended through May, it’s necessary to continue social distancing from humans and now pets too!
According to an article from KRON4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Now recommends pet owners isolate their dogs, cats, and hamsters from close contact with other animals after several pets – including two cats in New York and a family dog in North Carolina – tested positive for the virus.”
The CDC’s website states, “While the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low, a small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after contact with people with COVID-19.”
Additionally, similar to the recommendations for people, when walking outside with animals remain six feet apart from other animals as well as humans. In the frequently asked questions sections the CDC says, “Do not go to dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. To help maintain social distancing, do not let other people pet your dog when you are out for a walk.”
In regards to wild animals, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest the virus that causes COVID-19 is circulating in free-living wildlife in the United States, or that wildlife might be a source of infection for people in the United States.”
As of now, routine testing of animals for COVID-19 is not recommended, but if your pet shows symptoms of a possible respiratory infection, contact your veterinarian immediately. If your pet gets sick after contact with a person with COVID-19, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself, call your veterinarian first.
The website also say that people sick with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from other people and animals, including pets.