What Pet Precautions Should I Take If I Get COVID-19?

by | Jul 2020

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To keep yourself and your pet safe from the coronavirus, follow the six-foot and hand washing guidelines set by the CDC.

The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and animal rights organizations state they’re still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC is aware of a small number of animals who have contracted the COVID-19 virus. It’s likely the virus was passed on to the animal by humans, but the opportunity for dogs or cats to pass the virus back is very low.

Pet Parent Question: “Are there any precautions I should take for my dog if someone in my family tests positive for the COVID-19 virus?”

To keep yourself and your pet safe, follow the six-foot and hand washing guidelines set by the CDC. If you, or a family member, test positive for the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to identify someone (before you should get ill) who can isolate and care for your dog for two weeks. Prepare a bag of dog food and treats, leash and collar, medical information and medications if necessary. Include a picture of your dog, toys, veterinarian contact information and information about your dog’s routines. Safe and healthy woofs & smiles!

Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She lives in Woodbury. You might find her engaged in pet-assisted therapy work.


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