Anyone with pets can attest that our furry friends bring joy to your home. Should you be worried about exposing them to COVID-19 or vice versa? 

The risk of humans contracting COVID-19 from animals are low, but we can give the virus to animals – with cats and ferrets being more likely to get it than dogs.

Here are some tips to help keep your furry family members safe:

  1. Don’t let pets interact with people outside of your household.
  2. Keep cats indoors.
  3. Walk dogs on a leash and keep them (and you) at least six feet away from other people.
  4. Avoid crowded dog parks and other crowded places.
  5. Avoid direct contact with pets if you are sick.
  6. If you are sick, wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with your pets.

Always remember to consult your vet if your pet gets sick. Visit the FDA or CDC for more information.