What to know about pets and COVID-19

EMILY ECKHART | Featured on Times Tribune

COVID-19 is believed to have originated from exotic animal food markets in Wuhan, China, but household pets such as dogs and cats do not appear to be carriers.

A statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association can help put pet owners at ease: “If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions.”

General tips

Imported animal products do not pose any harm for pet owners. The department of agriculture and the CDC continues to monitor products.

If bringing an animal into the United States, it must be healthy upon arrival. Animals currently regulated by the CDC are cats, dogs, turtles/snakes/lizards, monkeys, civets, African rodents and bats. If bringing an animal into the U.S. from China, a valid rabies vaccination must be presented. Animals imported from China should be observed daily to rule out any illnesses.

There is no evidence to suggest animals can become infected by COVID-19 at this time. Although it originated from animals, the virus can not be spread human to animal and animal to animal.

If infected with COVID-19, although there are no reported cases of animals becoming infected, the CDC suggests distancing yourself from your furry friend. If possible, have another family member watch your pet if you are ill.

If infected with COVID-19 and you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a face mask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.

Emergency services

Emergency animal services such as the Plains Animal Hospital in Plains Twp. and the Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center in Clarks Summit will remain open their regular business hours, but offer a curbside triage process to eliminate people mingling in the waiting room and lobby as well as the safety of the pet owners and staff.

Pet stores

Many local pet stores remain open and are serving pet owners through distance sales.

Pet Supplies Plus, which has locations in Wilkes-Barre Twp., Pittston and Dickson City, while PetSmart in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Dickson City is keeping regular hours and doing extra cleaning.

Pet adoption

Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge are reducing the hours they are open to the public. The will be open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as asking volunteers to contact them 24 hours before coming to the site.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital (OVSH) has been serving the Portland and Beaverton area community since 1979. Dr. Robert T. Franklin (Internal medicine) welcomes referrals from veterinarians all over the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help your pet regain health and live a long and happy life.

Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

9339 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy,
Beaverton, OR 97005.

Phone: 503.292.3001
Fax: 503.292.6808
Email: [email protected]