Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
At this time, we needed to let you all know that we take the health of all our customers and your pets very seriously. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have been taking the most careful measures to keep Gresham Animal Hospital even more safe and sanitized. We have ramped up how often and thoroughly surfaces such as door handles, bathrooms, tables & chairs, etc. are sanitized.
Here are three recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF)
- ou normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., 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).
- Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
- As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.