Ask SAM: Pet Care tips during COVID-19 | Ask SAM

Q: What precautions should I take with my pets during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Answer: According to various health organizations and disease experts, there is no evidence that pets can receive or spread COVID-19. However, it is possible that COVID-19 could be transmitted from an infected person who pats a dog and then from another person who touches the dog, as with any surface. Hence, precautionary measures are advisable.

“Unless you have COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as usual, including walking, feeding, and playing,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. You should continue to practice good hygiene during these interactions, such as washing hands before and after interacting with your pet. Make sure your pet is groomed; and regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding, and toys.

“As a precaution, it is recommended that those infected with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until further information about the virus is known,” said the AVMA. “Let another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or need to look after your pet, wear a face mask. Don’t share food, kiss or hug her; and wash your hands before and after every contact with them. “

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