What Does It Mean for Your Pets?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reporting that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It is believed the animal got the disease from a human caretaker, and the tiger is expected to recover.
What we know about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is still developing, the USDA reports that there is still no evidence to suggest that any animals, pets or livestock can spread COVID-19 to people.
However, this development does underline the importance of restricting contact with pets if you are ill with COVID-19, just like you would with people. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that whenever possible infected and sick individuals should have another member of your household care for your pets and any other animals.
If you are sick and have a service animal or are the only caretaker available, protect your pet by wearing a cloth face mask and gloves. Avoid sharing food, kissing, or hugging your pet. You should also wash your hands thoroughly after having any contact with the pet or animal.
The AVMA also advises that now is the time to make sure you have an emergency kit prepared for both your family and your pets in case of full quarantine or isolation.
The bottom line is that despite this transmission of the virus from a human to a non-domesticated animal, there is no reason to believe that domestic animals including pets are a source of infection.
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