Updated: Mar 18, 2020
The CDC has reported no cases of pets or other animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the US or anywhere in the world. It's important however, to follow basic hygienic precautions like washing hands for 20 seconds with warm soapy water before and after contact with any animals. To reduce the spread of all germs, restrict your pets contact with others who touch your animals to avoid getting potential viruses on their skin or fur, which could then pass from person to person. Also keep in mind that any soft surfaces like collars and leashes are no different than light switches, remotes and doorknobs. Limit contact of these items with others and keep them as clean as possible. Pets do not need special precautions but we urge common sense practices. Wiping your pet's paws with paw wipes or paw cleaner when they come in from outside is another way to decrease the transfer of germs to your home. If you're concerned about a change in your pet's health, speak to a veterinarian and get a professional advice. As lastly, there is no need for panic! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stay healthy, practice good hygiene, social distancing and we'll all get though this. We're lucky we have our furry friends by our sides during these uncertain times!