On 13 March the World Health Organisation said “at present there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus”.
Several global health organisations have issued advisories saying there is no any evidence that pet animals can spread coronavirus or indeed be infected with it in the same way as humans.
“Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the World Organisation for Animal Health has said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concurred that “there is no reason to think that any animals including pets might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus”.
Some people do not understand this advice and are abandoning their pets for no reason. This is very worrying and concerning and will no doubt cause heartache and sadness for both pets and their owners. Please follow the world advice and do not give up on your pets. Hand washing is always advised, not allowing pets to sleep in your bed or to lick your face – these are ongoing and sensible precautions with or without caronavirus!
Stay safe and well!