Coronavirus and Pets

Richview Animal Hospital Offers Advice on Pets and the Coronavirus

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to confusion about the transmission of the virus and what people should do to protect themselves. Pet owners want to know if they can catch the virus from their pets or whether their pets can catch it from them. At Richview Animal Hospital in Etobicoke, ON, our veterinarians can help reassure pet owners with the facts on coronavirus and pets.

Understanding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Viruses are around us all the time. However, this new virus is a new form of coronavirus, and all the details of what it is likely to do is currently unknown. What is known is that COVID-19 is spread from person to person, through droplets spread by coughing and sneezing. It may also be transmitted through the air. COVID-19 originated in animals, and it then crossed over into the human population. No animals in Canada or the United States have been found to have the virus.

Pets and Coronavirus

Although experts are still learning about COVID-19, they are working to reassure individuals who have pets in their homes. There is no evidence that you can catch COVID-19 from your pet. However, our veterinarians recommend you wash your hands carefully after petting or handling your pet and follow normal sanitary habits regarding touching waste, food or other pet-related items.

Caring For Pets When You Have Coronavirus

If you are diagnosed with coronavirus, you should isolate yourself from other people as much as possible. It is unlikely that your pet will contract the virus from you. However, you should limit the amount of touching, petting or snuggling with the animal. If possible, arrange for someone else to care for your pet while you are ill. If you must care for the animal yourself when you are ill, wash your hands thoroughly before and after interacting with the animal. You should also limit the contact your pet has with other people and other animals.

Make Richview Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Etobicoke

The team at Richview Animal Hospital is dedicated to the care of their patients. We provide several veterinary services for pets, including vaccinations, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, pharmacy services, microchipping and boarding. Call Richview Animal Hospital today at 416-245-8805 for an appointment to learn the best ways to protect the health of yourself and your pet during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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