Updated: Apr 26, 2021
This is a rapidly evolving situation, so this information may be modified or updated at some point in the future.
What we have been advised thus far is:
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to pets (particularly cats and ferrets) can very rarely occur.
It has not been demonstrated that transmission can occur from an infected pet to a human. The primary mode of transmission is human to human.
We can test pets for SARS-CoV-2; however, there are stipulations:
The pet must have appropriate symptoms.
The veterinarian has consulted with a public health authority.
The pet must live in a household with a human who has tested positive for the virus.
Other, more common infections have been ruled out.
If you yourself have Covid 19, it is recommended that you do not kiss or snuggle your pet until your quarantine period is over. If someone else in the household can care for your pet, it is recommended that they do so. If no one else in the house can care for your pet, then wear a mask and wash your hands both before and after caring for your pet.
When out walking with your dog, treat your dog as part of your family unit, and apply social distancing rules to your pet.
The CDC has added a page to their website dedicated to advising pet owners about precautions to take with your pets during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Covid 19- If you have pets