Can Pets Spread COVID-19?

This is a good question and here’s what we found . . .

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “there is no clear evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including humans. More investigation is underway and, as we learn more, we will update you.

“If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during these interactions (eg. wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys).

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your own pet, then wear a face mask, don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.”

For more information, you may go to the AVMA website at http://www.AVMA.org and consult your veterinarian.