COVID-19 and Pets

When Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department announced that a healthy Pomeranian showed a “weak positive” test for COVID-19, concerns mounted that animals could contract the disease and even worse, spread the disease.  However, further testing has led, “infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations to agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.”  To be cautious, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) still recommend restricting contact with pets if you have COVID-19. 

For the full articles from the CDC and AVMA, please reference the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19