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Can my pet get Coronavirus?

MAR. 09, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has led to questions about the virus' impact on us and our pets. Due to these growing concerns, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association has consolidated pertinent information.

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, the CDC believes there’s no reason to think that any animals, including pets in the U.S. might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of companion animals becoming sick with the coronavirus, and there’s no evidence they will be able to spread it to humans in the future. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

The CDC says anyone who is sick with the coronavirus should restrict contact with any animals just like you would around other people. If you or another family member contracts the virus, the CDC recommends having another member of your household care for your animal. Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

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The best way to protect your pets from the coronavirus is by doing the following: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Disinfect all surfaces that are frequently used. Vaccinate your pets for all other potential diseases, as recommended by your veterinarian. Limit contact with your pets if you or someone you are close to contracts the coronavirus.

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