Concerns and CDC Facts about our Pets and COVID-19
Many pet owners are still torn and concerned about how COVID- 19 viruses can affect their cats and dogs. Inconsistencies in the news and other multimedia reports leave pet owners with questions that need true and accurate answers, not only for the pet but for all family members.
This blog uses data solely from the CDC and professional veterinarians. A few scenarios are addressed:
If someone in the direct family has a positive COVID test or is showing symptoms, can our cat or dog contract the virus? If so, can animals transmit the COVID virus to other humans
Although there is little data related to animals and the COVID- 19 viruses, the CDC (2020) reported in their June 28th, 2020 report that there have been only a very small number of pets, cats and dogs worldwide who have contracted the COVID- 19 virus. Without explanation, the spread of the virus between animals and humans is not quite understood well, leaving plenty of room for research and reporting.
The CDC recommends that pets and people be treated the same, in regards, too, preventing transmission and contraction of the virus. Social distancing is required of people and pets should they, come in contact, with people not in their home. Yet it appears through studies that cats and dogs cannot transmit the virus to humans. Cattle and bats, on the other hand, are able, to spread the Coronavirus.
According to various CDC reports, the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 from animals to people and vice versa supplies very little data. Yet, given the few reported cases available, the CDC recommends that animals should be set apart from humans if their human family members or they themselves contract the virus. And all cases need to be reported to the CDC.
On a final note, if you have pets, be mindful that you keep them as far from non-family members as possible and be responsible by walking them on a leash rather than letting them run loose and keep cats in the house. If you suspect infection in your pets, contact your veterinarian for advice as the COVID-19 circumstances appear to change daily. Additional information can be found on the official CDC website and from your veterinarian. Please keep up with the news and the CDC recommendations.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020). Evaluation for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Animals. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/testing-overview.html
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020). COVID-19 and pets. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html