Can my pet spread the coronavirus?

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Cats, dogs and COVID-19

A small number of animals around the world have been infected with the coronavirus after having contact with people with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.

How to protect your pets and family

  • Don't let pets interact with people or animals outside your household.
  • Keep cats indoors if possible.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks and other public places where people and dogs gather.

Stay healthy — especially around your four-legged family members.

  • Wash your hands after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies.
  • Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after your pets.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.Be aware that children younger than 5, people with weakened immune systems and people 65 and older are more likely to get sick from germs some animals can carry.

Watch our video of COVID19 safety tips.