Coronavirus and Your Pets

In the midst of the evolving COVID-19 situation, pets still remain at the core of everything we do. We want to assure you we’re doing our best to support your pets, the veterinarians that care for them, and our employees. To help during this challenging time, we want to share some pet health guidelines and resources from our veterinary partners and community.

Taking Precautions with Your Pet

  • Wash hands before and after interacting with your pet.
  • Ensure your pet is kept well-groomed.
  • Regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys.
  • If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing.
  • Keep cats indoors, if possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.

Virtual Vet Visits: Tips for a Successful Telehealth Consult

  • Treat your virtual consult as you would a normal in-office veterinary visit.
  • Designate a quiet area in your home to avoid distractions during your consult.
  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns in advance for discussion.
  • Share photos (if applicable) prior to the consult via email in an effort to allow your veterinarian more time to review any visible concerns.

If You Are Sick with COVID-19 (Suspected or Confirmed)

  • Restrict contact with your pets, just like you would with people.
  • When possible, have another family member care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary practice yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you are sick with COVID-19.

Coronavirus Testing for Your Pet

  • The CDC and USDA do not recommend routine testing of animals at this time.
  • Veterinarians who believe an animal should be tested will contact state animal health officials, who will work with public and animal health authorities to decide whether testing is appropriate.
  • Animal testing should not reduce the availability of tests for people. Testing performed on animals may be based on the published tests used in people, however, reagents are available for animal testing that are not required for people.

Additional Resources:

Is being home stressing your pet
Is Staying at Home During the COVID-19 Crisis Stressing My Pet Out?
Telemedicine for pets
Using Telemedicine With Your Pets During the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 & Your Pets FAQs

COVID-19 and Pet Exposure

Pet Care Under Quarantine