The CDC is now recommending people follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as they do with other humans.
“Limiting contact with them, refraining from kissing them or allowing them to lick you or lick your face, as well as avoiding sharing food… and of course hand hygiene is the most important thing,” says Dr. Christine Klippen, an Emergency Veterinarian at Friendship Hospital for Animals.
The CDC is advising:
- Don’t let pets interact with other people or animals outside the home
- Keep cats indoors
- Walk dogs on a leash and stay at least 6 feet from other people
- Avoid dog parks or public places
Only a handful of domestic pets, like Winston, have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
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