With the global pandemic of the virus known as COVID-19 there is misinformation being spread on social media and on non-reputable websites about the transmission of the virus between humans and animals. Please take a minute to read the research from both the CDC and Idexx laboratories.
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
Leading Veterinary Diagnostic Company Sees No COVID-19 Cases in Pets – Thousands of canine and feline specimens tested surfaced no positive results to date