During this time it is important to stay calm and informed so you can keep your family, both human and furry, safe. If you are showing symptoms or tested positive you should separate yourself from other people and pets in your home. It is important to make a quarantine isolation space in your home to keep everyone safe. Below are key points that the CDC, USDA and AVMA have recommended for COVID-19 and pets.
Protect pets if you are sick*
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
After news was released earlier this month about a sick Tiger at the Bronx Zoo, Dr. Bohon from the Animal Hospital of Orleans offers this tip “It may also be wise to keep your outdoor cat indoors (i.e. have them practice social distancing as well) to keep them as safe as possible.”
Link to Cape Cod Times Article on Pet Safety during the Covod-19 outbreak: https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200419/pet-owners-advised-to-exercise-caution-amid-virus-outbreak
*Information cited from CDC, AVMA & USDA Websites, direct links below.