What does the finding of COVID-19 on a second dog mean for you and your pet?
At this time, pets are not thought to be sources of infection to other pets or humans, and even the two dogs that have tested positive did not appear to actually become ill from this virus. Still, it’s wise to be extra cautious, since we don’t fully understand how COVID-19 affects pets. Here is the American Veterinary Medical Association’s advice:
“Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys).
Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.”