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Advice from the CDC Regarding Pets and COVID-19

April 7, 2020 

Many families in Mill Valley have pets, who are considered members of the family in most cases. The Centers for Disease Control has advice for our community to stay safe and healthy with and to protect pets in relation to COVID-19. 

Staying Healthy with Pets 

In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.

  • Wash your hands after handling your pets, their food, waste, or supplies.
  • Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after your own pets properly.
  • Stay away from other people’s pets.  
  • Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.

For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website

Protect Pets If You Are Sick 

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have been no reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick.

Additional information including FAQs are available on the CDC website