COVID-19: What you need to know

COVID-19: What you need to know

From the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

COVID-19 and Pets – Frequently asked questions

Can I get the COVID-19 virus from my pet?
At this point there is no evidence that companion animals, including
pets, can spread COVID-19.

If I test positive for COVID-19 what should I do about my pet?
People with COVID-19 who are identified by public health officials as
requiring home care and isolation should be advised to limit interaction
with pets and other animals. Specifically, while these people are
symptomatic, if possible, they should treat their pet as the would a
family member and maintain separation from pets as they would with
other household members, and avoid or limit direct contact with pets,
including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
Service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers.

If possible, designate another family member to care for your
pet so your pet can be isolated from you especially when you
are symptomatic just as you would for other household
members.

If you have tested positive and must care for your own pet
You should wash your hands before and after caring for your pets and
wear a facemask while interacting with pets, until you are medically
cleared to return to normal activities. These are similar
recommendations when dealing with any other household member.

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