What you need to know

  • 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.
  • Based on the information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals including pets in some situations, mostly during close contact.
  • If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets and other animals.

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should avoid contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food, and sleeping in the same bed.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you have COVID-19, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Please visit the CDC for more details: What You Should Know about COVID-19 and Pets