Your Pets and COVID-19

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

We have been privy to a good deal of angst about whether the family pet could carry the COVID-19 virus and pass it to their humans. Interestingly enough, the latest research suggests that cats are more likely than dogs to contract the virus; however, the odds of that happening with either dogs or cats is significantly low. Among other household pets, ferrets have shown to be particularly susceptible of COVID-19 contraction.

While all of this might be of concern to the pet owner, take these findings with a grain of salt. According to an article at Nature.com, the animals that were tested that produced these findings were given a dose of COVID-19 greater than what a household pet might encounter in nature. And only one in three felines in the study contracted the virus at all even when the virus was directly introduced to the cat. So this is good news. Even better news is the lack of evidence suggesting that a human could be infected with the virus through contact with a household pet.

So, breathe easier knowing that your pets cannot transmit the virus to you. Nonetheless, the CDC does recommend that, if you have been exposed to COVID-19, to limit your interactions with your pet to lessen the risk, however low, of your pet contracting the virus.

Update: Here is an excellent article with the latest information regarding dogs and COVID-19:


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