To our pet loving friends... these are trying times and there's a ton of information swirling around. Sometimes it's hard to sort through what's legitimate and what's not.
We don't claim to be scientists, but we wanted to share a quick summary of what we think is the best information available so far on Pets and Corona Virus.
1. Most experts agree that our Pets can't give us Corona Virus in the way that humans transmit to one another.
Here's what the CDC says. "At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States."
So if your dog sneezes or coughs and you are nearby, there's probably nothing to worry about. Good to know as we're spending more time together inside, and when cuddling with our pets can be a source of calm in the storm.
2. There's no evidence that Humans can give Corona Virus to their Pets.
But better safe than sorry, here's what the CDC says: If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
3. There is some concern about Corona Virus living on a pet's fur... just like it can live on other surfaces like a gas pump or shopping cart.
For some of us, taking the dog out for a walk is one of the few activities still permitted. This means that to be as safe as possible, you should avoid petting someone else's dog and avoid letting people outside of your household pet your dog.