Coronavirus and pets
It is known that having pets in the home provides many benefits, and has very positive effects especially for the elderly by alleviating loneliness, and for children by contributing to the development of responsibility.
That is why the presence of pets at home can contribute to making social isolation measures more bearable, which have been adopted in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Can COVID-19 infect pets?
There is currently no evidence that companion animals can become infected or spread COVID-19.
What should be done with pets in areas where the virus is active?
Pet owners should avoid contact with animals they are unfamiliar with and always wash their hands before and after interacting with animals.
Can I walk a pet after the declaration of the state of alarm?
Yes, it is one of the exceptions raised by Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, which declares the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, but alone, during the indispensable time and maintaining the safety distance with the rest of the people who circulate on public roads.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
Contact with pets and other animals should be restricted while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would with other people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while sick, wash your hands before and after interacting with pets and wear a mask.
What are the concerns regarding pets that have been in contact with people infected with this virus?
While COVID-19 appears to have arisen from an animal source, it is now spreading from person to person. Importantly, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, such as dogs and cats, can become infected with COVID-19.
(Source: Generalitat Valenciana, Consellería de Sanitat Universal y Salut Pública, http://coronavirus.san.gva.es/documents/469630/471491/Mascotas_cas.pdf/ece99b5f-6e86-9f44-e3a7-734d12d4be35?t=1585755489616 )