Pets and the Coronavirus - Updated
Tuesday Mar 10th, 2020
Updated April 18th, 2020 from previous article published on March 10th, 2020.
In this emergency, pets and people need the support of each other.
Until more is known about this virus, if you are ill with COVID-19 you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, have another member of your household or business take care of feeding and otherwise caring for any animals, including pets.2
As a responsible pet owner, you should be prepared in case you come down with the virus. As you would make sure you have enough supplies to care for yourself, make sure you have at least two weeks' worth of your pet's food and any needed medications.
If your family is healthy, and your pets rarely come into contact with other animals, they are unlikely to be at risk.
For best practices, you should wash your hands with soap and water after coming into contact with any animal, particularly their saliva. This is a good practice at any time, not just due to the Coronavirus.
So, don't worry, and give them a hug!
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