Coronavirus and Pets

Recent news items included reports of some pets testing positive for the coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:

  • We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.
  • The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was in a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City.
  • CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, reported being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
  • Treat pets as you would human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
  • Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and the role animals may play in the spread of COVID-19.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
  • For more information, see COVID-19 and Animals Frequently Asked Questions.

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