A very small number of pets, including dogs and cats, have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Researchers and authorities are constantly learning about the new coronavirus, but it appears it can spread from people to animals and between animals (particularly cats) in some situations. The risk of human-to-animal transmission is still considered low but at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.
Coronaviruses are common in several species of domestic and wild animals, including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, camels, bats, and others. This is similar to the COVID-19 virus and can cause several common diseases in domestic animals. Some dogs are vaccinated for another species of coronavirus (Canine Coronavirus) as puppies. However, this vaccine does not protect for COVID-19.
It’s important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect an animal but not become transmissible to others. Currently, there is no COVID-19 vaccine available for people or animals. If you want to be cautious, don’t let other people outside of your household handle your pets. Social distancing applies to the entire household and not just the human members.