According to the World Health Organization, a couple of dogs, wild and domesticated cats that were in contact with humans tested positive for COVID-19. It seems that ferrets appear to be susceptible to the COVID-19 infection. In a study, both cats and ferrets were able to transmit the infection to other animals of the same species.

However, there is no evidence that these animals can transmit the disease to humans and spread COVID-19. COVID-19 is mostly spread through droplets produced when an infected person sneezes, coughs, and speaks.

It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 and people who are at risk limit contact with pets and other animals. When handling and caring for household pets or other animals basic hygiene measures should be practiced. Including hand washing after handling animals, their food as well as avoiding kissing, or sharing food.

Because there is a small risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, the CDC recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household. 

Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.

Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet away from other dogs and humans.

Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.

Please do not put face coverings on cats and dogs. Covering a pet’s face could harm them.

There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use. 

We at Friends of Peanut Private Dog Boarding in West Palm Beach meet our clients with a facemask outside when they drop off or pick up their dogs. Additionally, we only take care of dogs who don’t show symptoms of respiratory disease (this has always been our policy for the safety of all our clients). We also clean our home daily and don’t socialize during the pandemic in order to minimize the risk to our clients and ourselves.