Pets and COVID-19: All You Need to Know

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At this time of worldwide disruption as the world manages the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are feeling stressed, worried, or confused. Because COVID-19 is a novel virus that we initially knew nothing about, it has seemed at times that public announcements and control measures have been everchanging and sometimes even conflicted. Therefore, making sense of how the virus behaves, what the risks are, and how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones has been difficult. 

With so much new and regularly updated information, people understandably have a lot of questions. One of the main questions that I get asked as a vet, relating to COVID-19, is whether pets can be affected. So, can pets get COVID-19? Do they show any symptoms? Could they even die from it? And do they play a role in the spread of the virus? Read on to find out.

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Can pets get COVID-19?

COVID-19 does not seem to pose a serious health risk to dogs and cats. The majority of pet cases that have tested positive for COVID-19 have had no symptoms

But didn’t COVID-19 come from an animal originally?

Can pets get sick from COVID-19?

Can pets die from COVID-19?

Can pets get COVID-19 from humans?

Can pets transmit COVID-19 to humans?

Can you get COVID-19 from a pet's skin or fur?

How can I keep my family and my pets safe from COVID-19?


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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