A recent article and infographic posted by PetNewsDaily detailed the risk to household pets from COVID-19; we share the infographic at the bottom of this article.

Cats, in particular, are vulnerable to COVID-19, so both pets and their owners should be sure to avoid contact with stray cats.

Many of the tips shared in the infographic may sound familiar to the advice given to humans to keep COVID-19 at bay, including:

  • Keeping pets indoors and otherwise limiting contact between pets and people in the outside world
  • When walking dogs, keep them at a 6-foot distance from other people and animals
  • Regularly wash food and water dishes as well as toys and bedding

Then, just in case you or someone in your household catches COVID-19, be sure to prepare the following:

  • Create an emergency plan for your pet
  • Keep at least two weeks’ worth of pet food, treats, and cat litter on hand
  • Store a 30-day supply of any pet’s medication
  • Update pet medical records, including vaccine dates and microchip information
  • If you do get sick, avoid petting, kissing, sleeping with, and sharing food with pets
  • Infected people in your household should wash hands frequently and wear a mask

And here are some big no-nos when trying to protect your pet:

  • Do not put masks on pets
  • Do not use chemical disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide or surface cleaners on pets
  • Do not use alcohol or hand sanitizer on pets
  • Do not use counter cleaning wipes on pets

For more information, check out the infographic below from Pet News Daily:
Pets and COVID-19 Infographic

Infographic by Pet News Daily  

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