You may have heard a bit about COVID-19 and pets. We are still learning, but we do know a few things about COVID-19:
The doggy coronavirus (Canine CoV) that we occasionally vaccinate for in puppies is completely different to COVID-19. It is not related to any form of illness in people. It does not spread to people and it is not caught from people. It is a virus that causes gastro in puppies only (and in most older dogs it causes no illness at all)
The few dogs that have tested positive to COVID-19 have shown no signs of illness.
There is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from dogs, but we strongly recommend practising good hygiene with your pets anyway.
Cats can catch COVID-19 from humans and it can make them sick. This includes large cats such as tigers!
If you have tested positive to COVID-19 you need to remain isolated. If you are in a house where someone else is able to care for the pets, try to avoid contact with your cats. If you have no one else, try to minimise close contact with your pet. That can be hard when they are your best friend, so try to wash your hands thoroughly, avoid kissing, sneezing or coughing on your pet as much as possible, and discourage them from licking you. Please dont use hand sanitiser or disinfectants on your pet – these are toxic to pets.
We have no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from cats, but it seems unlikely your cat will catch COVID-19 if you keep them inside – unless you give it to them first.
Ferrets have been infected with COVID-19 – but this was by deliberate exposure to high levels of the virus. So far we have not seen human to ferret transmission, but just in case, practice similar hygiene practices as above if you do test positive.