What risk does COVID-19 pose to Dogs & Cats?
Currently, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control [CDC] there is no evidence that pets, specifically dogs and cats can transmit the Corona virus causing COVID-19 to people. The Center for Disease Control does, however, recommend minimizing contact with pets for individuals currently experiencing signs of COVID-19.
People infected with this coronavirus should avoid direct contact with pets. Direct contact, according to the CDC includes petting and snuggling, kissing and loving licks, as well as sharing food. They suggest service animals remain with their handlers even if infection occurs.
A handy set of guidelines has been compiled by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to help pet owners best prepare for various natural disasters which include the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Take time to look at the AVMA’s pet-evacuation kit checklist for a list of items you may want to have ready just in case. Stocking up on a 14-day supply of your 4-legged companions’ food, water, medicines, kitty litter and toys is also a valid consideration.
Take time to think about a friend who might care for Fido and/or Fluffy should you become ill. It’s also a good time to visit your veterinarian and be sure your pet is healthy, and up to date on his or her shots. While you’re there get a copy of your pet’s medical records to have on hand should you become infected or need to board your pet.