Q: Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
A: No. There is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.
With the recent concerns about the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, we at Middletown Vet want to share accurate information with you from AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and WHO, the World Health Organization.
Information regarding ‘social distancing’ or the possibilities of quarantines if you or a loved one tests positive for COVID-19, raises many concerns, including worries about our pets.
As responsible pet owners, remember preparing in advance is key. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home.
*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 become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.*
Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals (other than source bats) becoming sick with COVID-19, out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those who do become ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If you become ill with COVID-19, be sure to tell your physician and public health official that you have a pet or other animal in your home. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC.
Please call us with any concerns and know our cleaning and sanitization processes are frequent and thorough. We have ammended sick leave policies in place in case any staff feels unwell. As always, our veterinary team is here for you and your pets to ensure the good health of our community and all of our MVHfamily!