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Corona Virus ( COVID-19) & Pets?

Updated: 4/24/20


Please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website here for the latest information regarding COVID-19 in pets. There you'll find a summary and analysis of the animals who have tested positive for COVID-19, what that means for their owners and tips to keep our pets and family members safe and healthy. 

They also go over the frequently asked questions (FAQ) surrounding COVID-19

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From the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association website: 


Is there a vaccine for COVID-19? 

Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccines available for humans or animals

How is this virus spread?

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Should my pet wear a face mask when in public?

Masks made for pets may not be effective in preventing diseases transmitted by bodily fluid droplets. To protect your pet from respiratory diseases, vaccinate your pet for Bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza, which are the most common vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in pets.

What is the best way to protect myself and my family (human and pet) from the COVID-19 coronavirus?

Practical measures to protect yourself and your family from this or any other contagious respiratory illness include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Watch a video about the WHO's recommended handwashing technique.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick or have a fever.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Maintain more personal space between you and other people than you might usually.

  • Vaccinate your pets as recommended by your veterinarian.

  • If you become ill with the COVID-19 coronavirus, please wear a well-fitted mask to help prevent the spread of the virus and limit contacts with other humans and your pets as recommended by your physician.

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