COVID-19 & Your Pet
If I have COVID-19 should I avoid contact with pets or other animals?
Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the U.S. it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If you are ill with COVID-19, you should maintain separation from pets as you would with other household members. Avoid direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sleeping in the same location, and sharing food. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities, service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers. If possible, a household member should be designated to care for pets in the home and should follow standard handwashing practices before and after interacting with the pets. If you have COVID-19 and must care for pets, you should wash your hands before and after caring for pets
Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC.
Can people get this virus from animals?
At this time there is no evidence to suggest any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.
Should any animal showing signs of respiratory illness be tested?
The State of Minnesota, USDA and CDC do not recommend routine testing of animals for this virus. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals out of an abundance of caution.
What should I do if I think my animal has the virus?
Call your veterinary clinic with any questions about your animal’s health. Also, call ahead before you visit the clinic in order to ensure the veterinary clinic is prepared for your visit. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your animal was exposed to a person diagnosed and sick with COVID-19 and if your animal is showing any signs of illness. Veterinarians who believe an animal should be tested will contact state animal health officials.