Pets & COVID 19





08/10/20 | CDC June 28, 2020



We are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some 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. Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered.





What to do if you own pets


Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection.


Because there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household.


  1. Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
  2. Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
  3. Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
  4. Do not put a mask on pets. Masks could harm your pet.

There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.


Read the full article from the CDC here.