Can Pets Get Coronavirus?

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There are so many questions about the COVID-19 swirling around on social media, the news, and social circles. Since many of us are at home with our families and pets – one question has risen to the surface. Can pets get Coronavirus ?

The short answer is no. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the U.S.

Unfortunately, even with this knowledge, we’ve seen an upswing in pet owners abandoning their furry family members at local shelters out of fear of contracting the virus from their animals.

While there are Coronaviruses that infect animals and people, this is rare.

To put your mind at ease, let’s break down the information we have. We’ll also discuss how we can protect ourselves and our pets from the virus.

More about Coronaviruses:

It’s important to understand that Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some affect humans and others affect animals.

According to the CDC, “Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.”

If we look back over the last few decades of viruses, diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are examples of diseases caused by coronaviruses that originated in animals and spread to people.

Even though this is what is suspected to have happened with the latest pandemic, we do not know the exact source of this virus.

How Can We Stay Healthy Around Animals?

Per the CDC, “In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time.”

Because animals carry so many germs anyway, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy hygiene around your pets and other animals.

Here are some healthy tips to do each time you come into contact with animals:

  • Wash your hands after petting, and touching their food, waste, or supplies.
  • Clean up after your pets properly and bathe them when appropriate.
  • Make sure your animals get regular check-ups with us and always ask if there are any questions.
  • Avoid playing with or touching other animals and their supplies, as well.

How Our Pets Can Keep Us Healthy

If you are a pet owner, you already know the benefits of owning a pet.

Research shows that dogs, cats, and other pets reduce anxiety, lower stress, and increase happiness for their owners. They serve as wonderful companions, especially when we are cooped up at home!

Having a dog is also a great excuse for frequent walks and physical activity while maintaining a safe distance from others during this time.

Make the most out of being at home and enjoy this time with your pet! Play Frisbee in the backyard, teach them a new trick, or play fetch with your furry friend!

If you are a pet owner and have concerns about the virus, please reach out to us. We will do our best to answer your questions.

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Casey Laughter
Casey Laughter
posted 6 days ago

We love this vets office. We switched my dog over about 1-1 1/2 years ago and her care is the best it has ever been. The staff is so welcoming and informative. We see Dr. Jacob most of the time. We recently added to our dog family and they got us in right away because the new addition had some medical issues needing addressed. We were in the next day and got on a treatment plan and wellness package.

Abigail Lee
Abigail Lee
posted 3 months ago

We absolutely LOVE Tipp City Vet! All of the staff are professional and friendly, always happy to see us and my girl, Ollie! I have been bringing Ollie here for care for about 2 years and always had a wonderful experience. They are thorough and make sure you feel at ease about your pet.
About two months ago, we started bringing my girl here for doggy daycare once or twice a week and she loves it! She has a chance to get all her Aussie energy out while I'm at work. She's always so happy when I pick her up!!
My family has also utilized their lodging services several times. You can board your pets separately or together. They offer extra play sessions, bathing, etc. And if you're still worried about your pet, you can text their lodging phone number and they will send you pictures of your pet! Great for nervous Dog Moms like me!
Can't say enough good things!

Lori K
Lori K
posted 3 weeks ago

We love Tipp City Vets. The staff is always friendly and helpful. We absolutely appreciate the fact that the Veterinarians will take the time to call us to discuss any issues or concerns about our rabbit. They are also very knowledgeable when it comes to exotic pets. Their hours of operation are quite expansive. This is a definite plus. In addition to the pet-friendly atmosphere, the place is always neat and clean.

Jerri Isaacs
Jerri Isaacs
posted 3 months ago

Let me start with we are not from Tipp City, we are not even from Ohio. We drive a semi transporting expedited freight and delivered less than a mile from the clinic. My almost 12 yr old boy Ticket had a nasty cough and definitely was not himself. We were there before opening hours this morning. Even under this pandemic contagious possibilities they seen my Ticket. He had his initial exam, then xrays, and then ultrasound. Congestive heart failure are scary words. I believe my boys life was saved today. I cannot say enough about this clinic ❤❤❤. What they don't know is he's my partner we have competed together in dog sports including nationally. We have 9 titles never placing less than 3rd. We have been through so much together.. I did all his training from the time I adopted him from the breeder at 18 months old. He was not doing well as show dog. He is my service dog retired at 9 years but we are still together every day.

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