CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The first case of an animal testing positive for the Coronavirus in the United States was in a tiger at a zoo in New York City. Then house pets were getting diagnosed with COVID-19. Now, the Centers for disease control is extending its social distancing guidelines to include pets.
“Fourteen days ago the CDC stated that there was no evidence that pets could spread the coronavirus to people and vice versa,” said Dr. Alan Garett with Everhart Animal Hospital. “And here we are 13 days later and they’re saying just the opposite.”
In less than a months time, the Centers for Disease Control is changing its stance; now saying even dogs have to roll over for the coronavirus. The CDC is advising that just like you and your family, your pets should be practicing social distancing from other animals and people outside your household.
“Do for your pets what you would do for yourself,” said Garett.
The new pet guidelines include:
-Keeping your cats indoors to prevent them from interacting with outside animals
-Walking your dog on a leash, keeping 6 feet of distance between them and any other people or dogs
-Avoiding parks, beaches and public spaces where crowds of people might gather
Garett says with the CDC guidelines constantly changing, your best bet is to err on the side of caution by just practicing good hygiene.
“When I get through examining someone’s pet I wash my hands,” said Garett. “When in doubt, wash your hands.”
The CDC says their information on the coronavirus is limited, but they believe the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 is still low.