With the recent news that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, lots of pet parents are understandably concerned about what this could mean for their dog or cat. Are you worried? You’re not alone- it’s a scary time for everyone, filled with lots of questions and misinformation. But we’re learning more and more about COVID-19 every day, and so far, there hasn’t been a single case of a domestic animal testing positive for COVID. Here are a few important things to keep in mind:
- According to the CDC, there’s no evidence that humans can be infected by their pets and it’s very unlikely that humans will spread the virus to their pets.
- You can help protect yourself and your pet by being more careful about hygiene than usual. It’s important to keep your pet clean and don’t allow strangers to pet them. We know the virus can live on surfaces for hours, and this includes your pet’s fur.
- Get your information from reputable sources such as the CDC, WHO, and WSAVA.
- Please don’t forget your pets when you make your preparedness kit! Make sure to have at least a month’s supply of their food and medication on hand at all times.And remember:
- COVID-19 is spread primarily by people who are infected but asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms and don’t realize they’re sick.
- That’s why it’s crucial that everyone STAY HOME as much as they can, even if you feel fine!
- We aren’t going to run out of food and toilet paper: think of other people and don’t stockpile supplies.
- Wash your hands!