Can Pets Catch or Spread the Coronavirus?

I am not an expert in COVID-19 but I have three deeply adored Poodles that I kiss and cuddle every day and I needed to know answers.

What are the facts? Can our pets catch this virus and can we catch it from our pets?

All of us pet lovers are fully aware of how pets improve our lives and just seem to make any situation better if they are there.

With social isolation becoming a reality for most of us, we need our darling pets now more than ever.

Our pets are delighted that they are getting to spend more quality time with us but are they a danger to us? Or are we a danger to them?

We are swamped with information from the media and even our local vets are sending out notices regarding pets and COVID-19 but what is the truth? Who do we believe? What are the facts?

I’ve just researched many articles from across the globe from authority sources such as governments, health spokespersons and veterinarians. This is my conclusion at this stage. I say at this stage because we appear to be getting conflicting information from day to day.

Can your pet catch COVID-19 and can you catch it from a pet?

Firstly, there appears to be a good deal of false stories reported as fact so, we need to be aware that any story needs to be confirmed by an authority before we can believe it.

According to the Centre for Disease Control, COVID-19 seems to have emerged from an animal, but it is now mainly spreading from person to person.

At this stage, there is no evidence that any animals, including pets, might be a source of infection with this virus. There have been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in Australia, according to the RSPCA. There is also no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19.

I was unable to come to any factual conclusion as to whether or not our pets can catch or spread COVID-19 therefore, for safety sake, we have to act as if they can until we hear otherwise at this time of crisis.

Precautionary steps to follow as a pet owner:

  • Follow good hygiene when interacting with your pets.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water after touching your pet.
  • Don’t allow non family members to touch your pet when out walking your pet. Observe the social distancing for your pet as with yourself.
  • If you have visitors to your home and they want to interact with the pet ask them to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after touching your pet.
  • Avoid sharing food with your pets or letting your pets kiss or lick your face, mouth, crockery or cutlery.
  • Should your pet develop an unexplained illness, contact your local veterinarian immediately.

Let’s take this opportunity of social isolation and social distancing from people to fully enjoy our wonderful and amazing pets whilst observing safety for us and for them.

Can Pets Catch or Spread the Coronavirus?