Coronavirus and Animals: Should We Be Worried?

During this scary time, when showing affection could be life threatening, the last thing people want is to have to worry about something happening to their loved ones. This includes their pets. The following key points are based on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) recommendations and summarize what is currently known about animals and the ongoing coronavirus:

  1. There is NO evidence that animals can transfer COVID-19 to humans.
  2. It is recommended that people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections limit interaction with their pets. If interaction is required, wear a mask and wash hands before and after contact.
  3. It is recommended to walk all dogs on leash and try to avoid interaction with other people or animals outside of the household. Keep cats indoors if possible.
  4. COVID-19 in humans is known as SARS-CoV-2 in animals.           
  5. The CDC has confirmed several cases of cats infected with SARS-CoV-2, some of which developed mild respiratory signs. All of them have made full recoveries.
  6. Few dogs have been confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, however they did not develop symptoms and were found to be clinically healthy. 
  7. All animals infected with SARS-CoV-2 were in close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients.
  8. Other conditions and diseases, other than SARS-CoV-2, can cause respiratory signs in animals.

Studies are underway to better understand the behavior of SARS-CoV-2 in animals.

Visit https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19 for more information.

While we are all adjusting to our new normal, Norwalk Animal Hospital is considered an essential business and is here for you for all your pet’s urgent needs.

Keep Healthy and Stay Safe!