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Can my pet get COVID-19? Can they give it to me?

A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.

  • Based on the information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals including pets in some situations, mostly during close contact.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.