As the world deals with the escalation of the Coronavirus outbreak, many pet owners have questions on how Covid-19 might affect their animals.
Can the virus be spread to or from my pet?
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has additional information and resources available at avma.org/Coronavirus.
How do I best protect myself from infection with COVID-19?
Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Know where to turn for reliable, up-to-date information in your local community. Monitor the CDC’s COVID-19 website and your state and local health department websites.
What precautions should I as a pet owner take in the wake of the outbreak?
If you should contract COVID-19 it is important to have a strategy in place. If you need to put yourself in quarantine, then its important that they treat their pet like any other person and distance themselves from the animal as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus.
Also, prepare for the scenario where you are unable to leave your house for a period of time. Ideally, it would be beneficial to have one month’s supply of extra pet food on hand in addition to having another friend or relative who can step in as caretaker, or take your pet to the vet’s if need be.
At Glen Oak we are taking extra measures to make sure that our clients and animals are safe. Extra sanitation measures are being taken. Please continue to stay tuned to local news for the most up to date information on this situation. As always we are here to answer any questions you may have.