Coronavirus and Your Pets: What We Know

Should you be worried about the coronavirus affecting your pet, or your pet passing it to you?

In short, no.

“The threat that the virus causing COVID-19 could sicken pets and spread between them and their owners is extremely low”, veterinarians say.

We can rest easy knowing that there is little to no evidence that the recent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our furry family members.

Will the Coronavirus infect my pet?

No. As of March 1, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus and currently, there is no evidence that a dog or other companion animals can contract or spread the disease among themselves or humans, says the CDC.

What about the dog in Hong Kong? What does that test result mean for me and my family?

Background: Concerns about pet illness with COVID-19, and spread between owners and their animals emerged on Feb. 28, when Hong Kong health authorities announced that a dog belonging to a woman sick with COVID-19, also tested “weak positive” for the new coronavirus. The dog has not exhibited any symptoms and is currently quarantined to be tested further. The plausible reason behind the “weak positive” is environmental contamination.

Per the CDC, “there is [currently] no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19.”

How can pet owners keep their animals and families safe?

Simply follow the CDC’s recommendation on preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, including after handling your pet or his food.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Unless you feel unwell, the CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask (and we certainly don’t recommend putting a facemask on your pet).

If you prefer to avoid interactions or large crowds until more is known, we do have local delivery through Amazon Prime Now. Just log on to your account and scroll down to the All The Best graphic.

While the CDC and veterinarians are still learning about the Coronavirus, their current advice is straight-forward: wash your hands often and stick to your usual, happy routine.

17 Comments
  • Pam Ore

    March 5, 2020at12:50 pm Reply

    Very Nice Work, All the Best!!!
    Thank you–we are starting to get lots of questions, too.
    -Pam/Nulo.

    • annie

      March 5, 2020at12:53 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Sandra MacLean

    March 5, 2020at1:02 pm Reply

    Appreciate your information! Thank you very much!

    • annie

      March 5, 2020at1:04 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback. We hope you stay well!

  • Patricia A Davis

    March 5, 2020at1:05 pm Reply

    Since the virus can live for many days outside of the body, the possibility exists that an infected person who has contact with a pet can leave virus on the pet, and then if someone else touches the animal, they could pick up the virus.

    • annie

      March 5, 2020at1:07 pm Reply

      That is a very good point. Thank you for sharing!

    • judy rozmiarek

      March 7, 2020at7:15 am Reply

      This confirms another reason to practice good hand hygiene and not to touch your face! 🙂

      • annie

        March 7, 2020at3:31 pm Reply

        We agree with you 100%! Thanks for sharing.

  • Stacey Lane

    March 5, 2020at3:42 pm Reply

    This was very helpful and practical advice. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • annie

      March 5, 2020at3:51 pm Reply

      Thank you for the feedback. There is so much information out there to wade through, isn’t there!?

  • Tina Ellenbogen DVM

    March 5, 2020at6:46 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing researched and accurate info with your patrons, including myself :). Will share this as a resource with my housecall clients., esp. the delivery options!

    • annie

      March 6, 2020at8:39 am Reply

      Thank you for the feedback. We’re very happy to hear from an expert!

  • Vivian Murray

    March 6, 2020at8:25 am Reply

    I just happened to see my dogs vet bill from last year showing his vaccinations. One of them was for corona virus. It’s more than likely to be a different strain of the virus, but I found it interesting in light of what’s happening now.

    • annie

      March 6, 2020at8:48 am Reply

      It is confusing, isn’t it?
      Coronaviruses are actually a family of viruses, which is why many are now differentiating this outbreak by calling it COVID-19. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
      We believe that the vaccine your pup received was for the canine coronavirus which is very different in that’s it’s an intestinal illness.
      https://www.merck-animal-health-usa.com/dp/4
      We appreciate the feedback and we hope you’re staying well!

  • Cindy

    March 14, 2020at7:16 pm Reply

    The school and king county guidelines for retail establishments is actually more detailed than this. I am concerned that all the best is minimizing the risk and not taking responsibility for its role in reducing exposure at this time. Have events at the stores been canceled? Are employees screened? Are there additional sanitation protocols in place? These steps are all recommended by public health Seattle and king county. Until I know this is taken seriously, I will shop at other places like mud bay, that have informed patrons as such.

    • annie

      March 15, 2020at1:32 pm Reply

      Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for the feedback. We do have our COVID-19 response plan in place, which includes rigorous cleanings, event cancellations, and all of our other tactics for keeping employees and customers well. We’ve shared it with our stores and on social media. If you’d like a copy, email us at info@customercare.com and we’ll send it right to you.
      Our most impactful change is that we’ve just launched online ordering with in-store pickup or curbside delivery. This should help us all stay well while ensuring our customers’ pets can access the foods they need.

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