COVID-19 And Dogs
As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news and disrupt people’s daily lives across the world, there’s an enormous amount of information and misinformation circulating. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers that we have about COVID-19's impact on dogs, based on the most up-to-date, credible information we could find.
Can My Dog Get COVID-19? Can I Get Infected From My Dog?
The World Health Organization states “there is no evidence that companion animals or pets, such as cats and dogs, have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19.”
There have been reports that a dog in Hong Kong contracted COVID-19 but scientists don’t believe the dog was infected with the virus. The dog didn’t have any physical signs of coronavirus, and experts believe that the dog represented a single, isolated case.
However, research is ongoing, and information is being reviewed daily. We recommend that you keep checking the World Health Organization’s website and other credible websites for further updates.
If I Get Sick With Coronavirus, Can I Have Contact With My Dog?
If you’ve contracted COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you have limited contact with your dog. If other people in your household aren’t sick, they should take over caring for your dog. If you don’t have help, wash your hands and wear a mask while feeding and caring for your dog. Additionally, be sure to wash all toys, bowls, and any other items that your dog uses or touches.
Should I Keep A Supply Of Dog Food On-Hand?
The CDC recommends that you keep two week's worth of dog food on-hand, as well as water and any medications, in the event that you’re unable to leave your home. Portland Pet Food Company meal toppers can be stored in a cupboard for up to two years, so they a great option for emergency planning like this!
Wishing you and your canine friends the best!
Owner of Portland Pet Food Company