Can my pet get the coronavirus?
A recent report from China shows that 2 dogs have been infected with coronavirus. Neither animal has had symptoms. Both are domestic animals of an owner who had COVID-19. The CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
There’s no evidence that pets can be a source of COVID-19 infection to humans or that the virus causes disease in dogs. However, pet owners should always practice good hygiene practices and should not abandon their pets out of fear.
When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene should be followed. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, waste or supplies. Avoid, kissing, licking or sharing food with your animal.
People who have COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have someone else care for their pets.
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