Can My Pets Get Coronavirus?

Coronavirus & Pets: What You Need to Know

Can pets contract the Coronavirus?

Well... there are actually many types of coronaviruses.  Some of them can cause colds or other mild respiratory (nose, throat, lung) illnesses.Other coronaviruses can cause more serious diseases, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Coronaviruses are named for their appearance: Under the microscope, the viruses look like they are covered with pointed structures that surround them like a corona, or crown.

Currently, the World Health Organization says that there is zero evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can contract the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. However, as with all surfaces, pets can act as a landing zone for the virus & transmit it without ever becoming infected themselves. This is a very unlikely transmission route, but out of an abundance of caution, it's recommended that you do not let your dog lick near your face or put your face near your pet. It's also suggested that you wash your hands after touching your pet; just as you would with any surface.

Related Questions:

Q: Are you still open?

A: Yes, absolutely! As an essential service, we're exempt from closure. We currently have standard appointment hours & do not plan on closing at any point. We are 100% here for you & your family.

Q: How can I continue getting the best care possible for my pet(s) while still staying safe?

A: At Ibis Animal Hospital, we've taken a number of steps to allow for continuity of the high level of care that we're known for providing. We now offer services such as:

  • Curbside Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • Telemedicine appointments from the comfort of your home
  • House Calls
  • Free Home Delivery of Pet Food & Medicine
  • Patient Transport to & from the Hospital
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