Health experts have said that no pets can transmit or catch COVID-19, so you can stop worrying about excessive petting or taking your pup for a walk during social distancing rules.

Dogs can catch a type of coronavirus called canine coronavirus, but it’s completely unrelated and you probably wouldn’t realize your dog had it. Dr. Jerry Klein, the chief veterinary officer for the AKC, has said, “there is no evidence people can spread COVID-19 to pets.” The CDC hasn’t shared any cases of dogs or cats getting the virus.

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We humans also cannot transmit COVID-19 through our pets. American Veterinary Medical Association Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Gail Golab says, “We’re not overly concerned about people contracting COVID-19 through contact with dogs and cats.” The virus can survive on hard surfaces or plastics, but even if an infected person coughed on your dog, you’d have a hard time picking up the virus from your dog’s fur. According to Dr. Golab, because pet fur is porous it traps and absorbs pathogens like the virus.

Experts recommend practicing good hygiene around dogs, including washing your hands before and after touching them and avoiding excessive contact with your pet if you do contract COVID-19. Teach kids not to touch pets and then touch their mouths and continue to wash your hands regularly after interacting with pets.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.

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