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Don’t Panic - Your Pet is Not a Threat!

There is a surplus of misinformation in many parts of the world regarding animals and COVID-19. This is leading to many people bringing their animals to veterinarians to be euthanized and to shelters to be surrendered. Veterinarians as a whole are disputing these rumors left and right to try and keep people from abandoning their pets.

From the CDC: “In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.”

The virus, as many viruses do, lives on surfaces. The only way your pet would be contaminated is if they came into contact with an infected person and the virus was living on their fur. If your pet does meet someone that is infected, giving them a regular bath will be more than enough to wash away any contaminants they may have been in contact with. Dogs and cats cannot become sick with COVID-19, so there is no fear of catching it from or giving it to these pets.

In general, if you keep your pet at home and isolated from the public, your dogs and cats will not be able to transmit the virus to you.

If you are struggling financially and need food for your pets, WCHS is here to help. We have a Community Pet Food Bank to help you in this difficult time. We want everyone to be able to keep their families in tact throughout this pandemic, that includes your furry family members too!

 

Links/Sources Regarding COVID-19 and Animals

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/animals.html

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19

https://www.oregonvma.org/care-health/zoonotic-diseases/coronavirus-faq