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

A small number of pets, including cats and dogs, have been found to carry the virus that causes COVID-19. There is no evidence that your pet can give the virus to you.

  • Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use. Talk with your veterinarian regarding products that are appropriate for bathing and cleaning your pet.
  • Do not put face coverings on pets.
  • If your pet is sick, please seek veterinary care.  If it has something infectious, keep the pet at home and away from other people and animals until it is no longer contagious.

Until we know more, CDC recommends the following:

  • Do not let pets interact with unvaccinated people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
  • When visiting a groomer or boarding facility, limit pet items brought into the facility and disinfect objects (leashes, bowls, toys etc.) when you return home.
  • Every eligible person in the household is encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.