Can Your Dog or Cat Catch COVID-19?

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Playing Can You Pass COVID-19 to Your Furry Friend?

Can your pet get COVID-19 and pass the virus to you and can you infect your loveable four-legged friend? Veterinarian Dr. Evan Antin joins The Doctors to discuss.

The CDC says the risk of a pet infecting a person with the virus is low but notes humans passing it to animals can be possible.

The “World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom” author says, "Your pet should be more concerned about you than you are of them." Dr, Evan says he is unaware of any pets infecting people, and of the animals who have been infected, he notes it is believed the animals were infected from a human source. 

Also, should pet owners use masks on their pets? The veterinarian says based on how pets behave, interact and breathe, he does not think this a good idea. Dr. Evan says being aware of who you are interacting with and who is coming in and out of your home is more important than pets wearing masks. 

As for pets joining your Zoom or Facetime calls, Dr. Evan warns they can make some pets feel anxious as they cannot comprehend technology, but if your pet appears to enjoy it, he sees no harm in them joining your virtual chats. 

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