According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there have been a few cases of pets outside the United States that have tested positive for COVID-19 after being near people already infected with the virus.
However, the CDC says that there is no evidence showing that pets infected with COVID-19 can give the virus to other pets or to humans. The CDC is continuing to study the affect of COVID-19 on animals.
Avoid your dog if you have COVID-19
It is best to avoid contact with your door other pets air you ether suspect you have COVID-19 or have tested positive for the virus. Practice social distancing just as you would with humans. While to date, there are no known incidents of dogs or other pets becoming sick with COVID-19, the CDC suggests that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 should avoid contact with their dog(s) or pets. The goal is to make certain both you and your dog(s) stay healthy. The CDC gives these guidelines for protecting you dog:
- Avoid any close contact with your dog. No petting, food sharing and do not let your dog lick you.
- It is best to have someone else care for your dog while you are sick.
- If you are the only caregiver for your dog you must wear gloves and a mask to avoid spreading germs.
Can I get COVID-19 from my dog?
It is rare for a coronavirus that infects dogs or other animals to be spread to humans. However medical experts are still studying the latest strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. There have been different diseases caused by the coronavirus such as, severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome or MERS that originated in animals and spread to people. This is exactly what medical experts believed happened with the current virus outbreak, COVID-19, as the first infections were linked to a live, yet filthy animal market.
While health officials are trying to identify the exact source of COVID-19, they do know that the current virus seems closely related to SARS. It tends to spread among humans through respiratory drops from coughing or sneezing. But there is still no evidence that suggests that your dog can either get COVID-19 from an infected person or that it can give it to people.
- There are many types of coronaviruses. Some may cause illness in people, while others may cause illness in some animals.
- Medical experts do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, the first infections of the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) were linked to a live animal market.
- Coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but this is rare.
- The CDC is aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States that were reported to be infected with COVID-19 after close contact with people who had the virus, yet there have not been significant studies to confirm this information.
- There is no evidence that dogs or other pets can spread COVID-19.
- There is no evidence that a person infected with COVID-19 can spread the virus to dogs or other pets.
- The CDC needs to conduct further studies to understand how COVID-19 can affect animals, including dogs and cats.