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According to the CDC:

  • There is no evidence at this point to indicate that, under natural conditions, pets can spread COVID-19 to people.

  • While some pets, both dogs and cats, living with people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been reported to have been infected, other dogs and cats also living with infected people remain uninfected.  

  • New research articles have suggested that some domestic animals can be experimentally infected with COVID-19 and may transmit the virus to other animals in an experimental setting or mount a viral-specific immune response when exposed to the virus. However, more research needs to be done to determine the significance of these findings as it applies to pets infected in a household setting. 

Recommendations for Your Pets

  • If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your animals as you normally would, including feeding and otherwise caring for them. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your animals, including handling of food, supplies, and waste; keep feed, water, and any supplies used to deliver them clean; remove soiled bedding and replace as appropriate).

  • If you are ill with COVID-19 or suspect you have the virus, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, have another member of your household or business take care of feeding and otherwise caring for any animals, including pets. If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, wear a cloth facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.

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