With news of tigers and animals testing positive for coronavirus, it’s important to stay informed on how to keep yourself and your pets safe and healthy.

First off, keep your pets clean by washing them regularly. The Humane Society recommends avoiding harsh ingredients like alcohol and bleach. Instead, use gentle cleansers. Dr. Sara Ochoa, a Texas-based veterinarian, told CNBC it would be a good idea to wash dogs’ paws after coming back from walks. To clean pet bedding, use gentle detergents.

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When cleaning your own house and disinfecting surfaces, keep pets away. Dr. Barbara Hodges, director of advocacy and outreach for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, said of cleaning and disinfecting, “If you are washing the floor and the phone rings and you pick it up and go sit on the couch to talk, your dog or cat could be playing with that water, knocking it over, licking it. When you’re cleaning, you should only be cleaning.”

Don’t cover your pet’s face with a mask,  just use one yourself. And be sure to follow the CDC recommendations for pets and coronavirus and keep your pets socially distanced too. If you get sick, take extra precautions and limit contact with your pet. “If you’ve been told by your doctor to isolate, your pet will need to isolate, too,” says Dr. Steve Weinrauch, the chief veterinary officer at pet insurance provider Trupanion.

Be in communication with your veterinarian for more information and stay informed with the latest CDC recommendations for your pets.  Learn more about pets and coronavirus, including transmitting the virus to pets, how to keep pets healthy during coronavirus, testing pets for the coronavirus, how to adopt a pet during social distancing, shelters struggling during coronavirus, and the man that fostered 100 dogs in the pandemic.

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.

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