Could my pet contract COVID-19?
Studies around the world have looked into the transmission of COVID-19 to our domestic pets.
Some species can contract COVID-19 following close contact with infected humans. A study in Hong Kong found that a small number of dogs that had been in close contact with a COVID-19 infected patient tested positive. Other cases of infected cats have been reported in Hong Kong and Belgium.
Some evidence collected to date shows the following risks for domestic pets:
Can your pet get tested?
The majority of pets who have become infected with COVID-19 display mild or no symptoms and this can be managed at home. As the risk of pets playing a role in the spreading of the disease is low, testing of pets is only recommended when an animal develops symptoms and has been in contact with an infected human.
Similar rules can apply for an animal that tests positive for Covid-19 such as Quarantine, monitoring symptoms, and taking precautions.
Tips for quarantining your pet: