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Questions and answers about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in pets

We have summarized the most urgent questions about the coronavirus COVID-19 in relation to pets for you. Basically: Follow the current recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the protection of health against COVID-19.

If you are infected with the coronavirus as a pet owner

I.I got infected with the coronavirus. What should i do with my pets?

People infected with SARS-CoV-2 should avoid close contact with their pets and let another member of their household care for them. If you have to take care of your pets yourself, you should adhere to good hygiene practices and wear a face mask when handling your pet.

If you keep your pet in your home, avoid direct contact with your pet such as kisses and hugs. We recommend washing and disinfecting hands thoroughly both before and after contact. Do not allow the animals in the bathroom, kitchen, or on the bed and couch.

Can i walk my dog ​​if i'm infected with the coronavirus?

No, in this case strict home quarantine applies. If you have a dog that you normally walk on a leash, you are only allowed to walk it in your own, enclosed garden that is not used by others. If that is not possible, your pet must be taken care of by Corona negative people.

Can my cat still go outside if I am infected with the coronavirus?

It can be difficult, if not impossible, to keep an outdoor hanger at home for several days. To prevent your cat from carrying particles of infection outside, you can:

  • Avoid physical contact with the cat.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and wear a mask before and after contact with the cat.
  • Keep the cat out of the living room, bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.
  • Keep the cat in the hallway or other demarcated area when indoors.
  • So far there is no evidence of a secure transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from cats to humans.

I will take care of the pet of someone infected with the coronavirus - what should I do?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after contact with the animal.
  • Let the animal feed and drink from metal or porcelain bowls, which can be washed with detergent and then boiled.
  • Avoid the animal licking your face.

If a pet's fur can carry the virus, does that mean I should clean or wipe my pets with bleach / alcohol / chlorine / disinfectant etc?

No. While it's easy to sanitize a door handle or countertop with disinfectant wipes, alcohol, or bleach, all of these things could harm your pet. There is currently no evidence to support additional pet baths as a result of COVID-19. When bathing your pet, always use a mild pet shampoo and plenty of water to avoid skin problems from shampoos.

Contagion from or via pets with the coronavirus?

Can the coronavirus infect my pet?

Based on the current state of knowledge, there is no evidence that domestic dogs and cats are a source of COVID-19 infection for humans or other animals - and little evidence that pets are at risk from the virus.

Should I avoid my dog's contact with other dogs?

You can still let your dog play with others. If you have contracted the coronavirus, you should avoid your dog's contact with other people and dogs.

Should my pet wear a mask?

No. There is no scientific evidence that face masks protect pets from infectious diseases or pollutants in the air. That being said, such masks can be unnecessarily scary or uncomfortable for pets.

Can ready-made animal feed contain the COVID-19 virus?

The virus cannot be passed on through dry or canned food, as it can only survive in the environment for a maximum of 48 hours.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for cats and dogs?

There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine for pets.

What should I do if my pet did not get the most important vaccinations due to COVID-19?

Contact your veterinarian who can advise you on the best course of action. While keeping your pet's vaccinations up to date is important, your veterinarian can help assess the urgency of your situation while keeping an eye on the health, safety, and wellbeing of you and your pet.

Should I have my pet tested for COVID-19?

Human and veterinary health organizations agree that there is no evidence of the need for routine testing of pets. Leading organizations such as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recommend that veterinarians consult with the responsible health authorities about the implementation of tests in these cases: Pets with recognizable disease symptoms that are consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infection in a pet who has had contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

There is currently no evidence of an increased risk of virus transmission from exposed pets to humans. As our understanding of the relationships between virus transmission by exposed dogs and cats increases, our recommendations for routine tests will be adjusted as necessary.

Can my dog ​​/ cat infect me with the coronavirus?

To date, there is no evidence that pets can transmit COVID-19 to humans.

If a corona positive person sneezes, coughs or wears it close to a pet, then droplets containing the coronavirus can get on the fur or the mucous membranes of the animal. The virus can survive outside the human body for up to 48 hours, but it does NOT multiply on dogs and cats. The survival time of the virus particles is thus limited. It is uncertain how long the virus particles can survive in the mucous membrane of pets. To be on the safe side, avoid contact with dogs and cats belonging to friends or family if they have become infected with COVID-19.

What about the reports of dogs and cats (even tigers) positive with COVID-19?

A small number of pets owned by COVID-19 infected individuals have tested positive for the virus. In addition, several big cats at New York's Bronx Zoo tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. However, only a few of the animals that tested positive showed symptoms of the disease.

SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 in humans, is a human virus (human pathogen). The greatest known risk of transmission at present is between humans and not from humans to pets.

As a precaution, however, it is recommended to keep pets away from infected people and to keep pets away from infected people.

Do pets that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 show symptoms similar to humans?

In the few confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic dogs and cats, there have been reports of mild respiratory symptoms. Complete recovery is expected in all animals.

We currently know that cats have similar receptors for SARS-CoV-2 as humans. Like humans, cats may react differently to exposure to the virus, with some being more susceptible than others. It is therefore recommended to keep pets away from infected people and to keep pets away from infected people.

What about the hygiene and care of my pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, reptiles, birds)

COVID-19 is a human virus and its greatest risk is transmission between people.

There is still no evidence that pets (see above) can carry or transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. As a precautionary measure, we recommend keeping pets in a safe enclosure and away from COVID-19 positive people.

Should I hand in my pet to make sure it doesn't pass the virus on to my family?

No. There is currently no evidence that domestic dogs or cats can be a source of infection for humans or other animals. Keeping pets can have positive effects on health, emotional and social bonds. Therefore, it is recommended to follow responsible animal husbandry and hygiene measures to keep families and pets together and to protect them from disease.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is a human virus (human pathogen). The greatest known risk of transmission at this time is from person to person. However, people who test positive for COVID-19 should be isolated from other people and pets, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Everyone should continue to follow general hygiene rules - especially thorough hand washing before and after handling pets.

Why is information about COVID-19 constantly changing?

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and the situation is constantly changing. We learn more about the disease COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus every day.

Where can I get up-to-date and reliable information?