Protecting Your Pets From COVID-19

What are coronaviruses?
The CDC defines coronaviruses as “a large family of viruses that are common in people and different
species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people.” We
are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to
animals in rare situations. A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been
reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with
COVID-19. Infected pets might get sick or they might not have any symptoms.

Are pets spreading COVID-19?
The CDC says the disease is spread to humans through person to person contact. There have been no
reports of pets spreading this novel coronavirus to humans. However, some animals, including dogs and
cats, have tested positive for COVID-19, these cases are believed to be instances of human to animal

Protecting Your Pets

  • Disinfect all surfaces that are frequently used.
  • Limit contact with your pets if you or someone you are close to contracts the coronavirus.
  • If you are sick; have other members of your household care for any animals including pets.
  • If you must care for your animals while sick, wear a cloth face covering, don’t pet, share food,
    kiss or hug them.
  • Wash your hands before and after any contact with your pets
  • Do not share dishes, drink glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with pets in your

Can my pet contract COVID-19 from an infected person?

The CDC says anyone who is sick with the coronavirus should restrict contact with any animals just like
you would around other people. If you or another family member contracts the virus, the CDC
recommends having another member of your household care for your animal. Avoid 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 pets and wear a facemask.

If any animal becomes ill, the CDC recommends bringing the animal to a veterinarian. Call Cumberland
Animal Hospital, our veterinarians offer urgent care services, preventative care, pet boarding, and more.
Our veterinarians treat all animals as if they were our own. Call today 910-822-3337 to learn why pets
love our vets!