About Pets and COVID-19

Wondering what COVID-19 means for the animals in your life? The Department of Animal Care and Control has the information you need:

  • The primary concern of COVID-19 is for human health.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak started in Wuhan City, China in 2019.
  • Dogs and Cats have their own Coronavirus that is NOT the same virus as COVID-19.
  • There is no current evidence that you will get COVID-19 from your family pet.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19, it is recommended to limit close contact with pets until more information is known about the virus. You should always wash your hands after handling animals as a general rule.
  • It is recommended to wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth to prevent transmission of viruses like COVID-19 and influenza.
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol are recommended if soap and water are not available.
  • Protect others from getting sick: Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing with a flexed elbow (or tissue). Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Owners should include pets in their emergency preparedness planning, including a 2 week supply of food and medications
  • Reminder: It is cold and flu season, it is important to get your flu vaccination! Decreased influenza related hospitalization will allow more people to be treated in the health care system if COVID-19 related hospitalization increases in the US.
  • Further information from the Department of Public Health and Veterinary Public Health can be found here: