How to protect pets from getting infected by Corona Virus?

How to protect pets from getting infected by Corona virus? It’s the frequent questions that I get from my Pet Owners visiting the clinic:

There is no proven evidence that COVID-19 can spread from pets to humans via skin or fur, but its origin is from wild animals. Small number of pets worldwide [including cats and dogs] have been reported to be infected with COVID-19, mostly after coming in close contact with people infected by the deadly virus.

Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from common cold to diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Animals such as bats, camels and cattle have been known to have contracted the virus. However, certain coronaviruses like canine and feline are known to infect only animals.

Here’s how you can protect your pet from the deadly virus. What to do if you own pets?

Infected pets may or may not show symptoms. According to reports, most pets that contracted the virus, showed mild illness and made a complete recovery. “Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would any other family member to protect them from a possible infection.


  • Limit your pet’s interaction with people outside the household.
  • Walk them on a leash at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid taking pets to public gatherings.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if your pet falls ill or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health
  • There is no proven evidence that COVID-19 can spread from pets to humans via skin or fur.


  • Do not use chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other products, such as hand sanitizers or surface cleaners on pets.
  • Do not use a mask on a pet; it might harm them.

Protect pets if you are sick, if you have contracted COVID-19, restrict contact with your pets just as you would with other family members. Until we know more about this virus, people with COVID-19 symptoms should avoid contact with pets and other animals. If you must care for your pets while you are sick, then cover your face with a mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to humans is considered low. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it is always good to practice healthy habits around pets. Wash your hands after handling their food, waste or supplies and clean them properly.

Stay healthy around animals!!