CDC recommends social distancing for dogs, cats

A small number of animals, including dogs and cats, have tested positive for COVID-19. Pet owners should not let them interact with animals or people outside household.



April 29, 2020 - 10:54 AM

After a few instances of dogs and cats testing positive for COVID-19, the CDC is recommending that pets also follow social distancing guidelines. Photo by (Dreamstime/TNS)

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that cats, dogs and other animals keep the same social distancing as recommended for humans.

The recommendation was made after a small number of animals — including dogs and cats — were reported to test positive for COVID-19 after they had had close contact with a person who had the disease.

While the first coronavirus infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, the virus is now “primarily spreading from person to person,” the CDC said in a statement on its website. “At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.”

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