Veterinarian offers tips to keep pets safe during COVID-19 outbreak

A veterinarian is offering tips to keep pets safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2020, 6:52 PM

Updated 1,488 days ago


A veterinarian is offering tips to keep pets safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The news comes as seven more big cats have tested positive for coronavirus at the Bronx Zoo, and a pug in North Carolina may be the first dog to test positive for COVID-19.
Most of the pug’s human family tested positive for coronavirus last month. They were part of a study that tested people and their pets.
Winston the pug is reportedly now fine.
The news of the first canine contraction comes nearly three weeks after a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for coronavirus. Federal officials also announced last week that two cats in New York state tested positive for COVID-19.
Veterinarian Tammy Page says those who are feeling unwell should not be sharing their bed and pillow with their pet.
“I wouldn’t be allowing them to lick off your plate," she says.

New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend people restrict their pets from interacting with other animals and people when outside.

“You should be keeping your own dog or pet on a leash if you’re out, and ensuring that you’re keeping some distance between people and also pets,” says Page.

Veterinarians say pets may exhibit some of the same symptoms of coronavirus as an infected person.

They say the best practice is to play it safe.

“Use common sense, if you’re sick, then try to distance yourself and use hygiene measures that you would use with other people,” says Page.
Health experts say there is no evidence that pets can transmit coronavirus to humans.
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