COVID-19 and How It Affects Your Pets
There are a lot of unanswered questions about COVID-19, its transmission, and who can get it. Pet owners have the additional worry of keeping their pets safe from infection. At Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina, we understand these concerns and we're here to help you and your pet. Our veterinary care staff is keeping up-to-date about COVID-19 and its effects on pets. Here's the latest in what you need to know about coronavirus and pets.
Can Pets Transmit COVID-19 to People?
The risk of coronavirus transmission from pets to humans is very low. Even though the virus originated in bats, a mammal, there is little evidence to show that other mammals have transferred the virus to people. To date, all reported cases of pets having coronavirus are cases of pets that were living with an infected person. No veterinarians have found cases of pet-to-human transmission as of yet, and pets are not considered a significant source of the virus.
Is It Possible for Me to Infect My Pet If I Have Coronavirus?
All cases of coronavirus in pets have been assumed to be human-to-pet transmission. If you or someone in the household has gotten sick with COVID-19, you should minimize contact with your pet while your infection is active. Dogs should be kept on a leash and the 6 foot rule for social distancing should be followed when interacting with other dogs and animals. Cats should be kept indoors until the illness has passed.
Contact the Vet if You Think Your Pet is Sick
It's highly advisable to call the veterinarian if you think your pet has contracted coronavirus. The vet can test your pet for antibodies and prescribe treatment for your pet. The vet will also advise you on how to handle your pet while the virus is active and the precautions you need to take for yourself.
Call Us Today for an Appointment
If you're concerned about your pet contracting coronavirus, call Hilltop Animal Hospital in Fuquay Varina today at (919) 567-9700 for an appointment. Our veterinary care staff is here to address your COVID-19 pet health concerns and any other medical issues your pet may have.