CDC: Pet Social Distancing Recommended

CDC: Pet Social Distancing Recommended

( – We’ve been practicing social distancing for the past few months, but now the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants you to take precautions with your furry family members, too.

They recently recommended safety measures for pet owners when two cats, living in separate areas of New York state, contracted COVID-19. 

And now, in what may be the first canine case in the US, a pug named Winston out of North Carolina has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The dog’s test results are part of a Duke University study involving a family being tested for the virus in Chapel Hill.

While more is being learned about this specific study, the CDC has recommended pet owners follow these certain guidelines to keep their family and pets safe:

  • Avoid people outside of the household form interacting with your pets.
  • Keep cats indoors as much as possible and avoid interactions with other pets and animals.
  • Practice social distancing from people and other pets while keeping your pet on a leash.
  • Avoid large gatherings where pets and people interact like dog parks or public places.

If you believe you’re sick with COVID-19 (tested or suspected), the CDC recommends the following guidelines:

  • Have another member of your household take care of your pets.
  • Do not touch your pet or share your bed.
  • If no one can care for your pets, wear protective gear like gloves and masks if you must interact with them.

Keep in mind, these are recommendations on how to properly care for your pets during this deadly pandemic. The CDC has stated there’s no evidence that pets spread the virus from animal-to-human or animal-to-animal. 

It’s also recommended that you talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns or if you notice a change in your pet’s health. 

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