COVID-19 and Pets

The COVID-19 outbreaks were something that no one expected. It’s a huge global issue and we make every effort to keep the virus away from ourselves, our friends, and our family.

But what about our paw friends? They are also a part of our family. We wish that no harm will come to them. Although there’s limited information available on the effects of COVID-19 on animals, here is what we know so far:

Can pets be infected with COVID-19?

Pets can become infected with COVID-19, despite lower risk. The symptoms in pets are milder than in humans.

They may have a fever, runny nose, coughing, shortness of breath, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some pets may not show any signs of the disease, and the majority of sick pets were only slightly ill. Serious illness in pets with COVID-19 is uncommon and rare.

What to do if you have COVID-19

  • If you have COVID-19, the most important thing to do is to keep your distance, stay away from all family members as well as your companion animal.
  • If you have mild symptoms, isolate yourself at home or in a hospitel.
  • If you have severe conditions, go to the hospital for professional help.
  • Keep away from your pets and people. No close contact. No hugging, kissing or sharing food. (Don’t worry, just temporarily.)
  • Let your trusted pet-sitter take care of your pet during this time.
  • Consider pet hotels that offer pick-up services if you live alone, so they can pick up your pet and care for them until you get well.

What to do if your pet has risks of getting COVID-19

Even though there is a lower risk that your pet will get infected by COVID-19, it is still possible. Most reported cases show that the virus spreads from humans to pets through close contact. However, your pet might have gotten it somewhere else.

  • Take the test to see your result.
    • If you have a positive result, do not take your pet to the vet yourself. Have someone pick them up instead.
    • If you have a negative result, avoid close contact with your pet. Take them to the veterinarian for advice.
  • Consult with your vet through phones if you prefer not to go out.
  • Normally, pets that have COVID-19 have very mild symptoms. You can take care of them at home.
  • Strictly follow your vet’s advice on how to take care of your pet at home.
  • The vet might suggest leaving your pet at the clinic to monitor their condition.

Precautions for pets and their parents

  • Do not put a mask on your pet. All medical masks are designed solely for human use. Putting it on a pet may endanger them due to lack of air or being hurt by the mask string.
  • Do not use chemical disinfectants or human products to sanitize your pet. If you suspect your pet has COVID-19, take him/her to a veterinarian.

Distancing yourself from your paw baby can be difficult and frustrating. Follow professional advice for your own safety as well as for your little companion. Keep your body and mind in a healthy state and stay safe!



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