Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

The novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th, 2020. Pet owners quickly became concerned that the virus could spread to their dogs, cats, and other pets. According to the Center for Disease Control, “there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.”

Can dogs contract Coronavirus?

Dogs can contract certain types of the virus such as canine respiratory coronavirus, however, COVID-19 is not thought to be a threat to a dogs health. There are two known cases where pets contracted COVID-19 from their owners in Hong Kong. Local health officials characterized the cases of the two dogs in Hong Kong as “likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission,” and neither dog showed any signs of illness from the virus.

Can dogs spread COVID-19?

According to the CDC:

“While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.” Because of this type of spread, “there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this novel coronavirus.”


According to the WHO:

“There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”


How can I prevent spreading COVID-19 to my dog?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or live with someone who has, it’s recommended by the CDC that you have someone else who hasn’t tested positive take care of your dog. If that isn’t an option, it’s recommended that you wear medical gloves, an N95 mask, and wash your surfaces with antibacterial wipes to prevent the spread.

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