COVID-19 and Pets: What You Need to Know
Many pet owners have concerns about the health impact that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may have for them and their pets. What we know as of March 9 is that COVID-19 causes flu-like symptoms in people, including mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. However, on February 27 a dog from Hong Kong tested "weak positive" for COVID-19; this dog has not become sick, but this case is being watched closely. No other species of animals have tested positive as of March 9.
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Finally, as recommended by the AVMA, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals, and animal owners should continue to include pets and other animals in their emergency preparedness planning, including keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand.