We know that many of our clients have concerns about the new Coronavirus and whether their pets can transmit the disease to human family members and visa versa. The Amercian Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released an update to their members about what is presently known about this new virus. The following information is reproduced from that memo dated March 3, 2020.
The AVMA is actively monitoring developments related to animals and the novel cronavirus (COVID19). On Thursday, February 27, a dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for coronavirus (the owner tested positive for coronavirus). The dog has since received a second positive result that has been sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which is working with Hong Kong health officials on this case. The precise meaning of “weak positive” remains unclear and further evaluation is ongoing. Hong Kong authorities have said the dog shows no clinical signs of illness but remains quarantined. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
At this time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, as with any disease, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
According to the CDC, people who are sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate face mask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.
We will be sure to keep our clients updated on new information as it becomes available. Additional Tips and Information can be found at
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- From the U.S. State Department:
- From the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE):
- From the World Small Animal Veterinary Association:
- From the AVMA: