This information is for reference only. This information can change, based on guidance from health experts. If you're concerned about your pet's health, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Welcome to the JServices COVID-19 information center.
At JServices, we take the health of everyone's pets extremely seriously. We've compiled the facts about how COVID-19 affects pets, alongside their sources. We hope this information helps you make more informed decisions about how to keep you in your pets safe during this pandemic. There's a lot we still don't know, so we'll update this page with new information as it becomes available from health experts.
- The JServices Team
Please note, this information is specific to the US. Last updated Sunday, February 28th, 2021.
Health experts have concluded that different animals, such as dogs and cats, CAN get COVID-19.
According to the APHIS, confirmed cases, as of February 28th, 2021, includes 131 animals. This includes 7 tigers, 3 snow leopards, 3 lions, 3 gorillas, 41 dogs, 58 cats, and 16 minks. There is no definitive information for other animals at this time.
Currently, experts believe that animals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 had the virus transmitted to them from being in extremely close contact with a person who had COVID-19. (Source, paragraph 4)
Animals that have contracted COVID-19 have all been expected to make a recovery.
We were unable to find a confirmation of a complete recovery. We define a complete recovery as having no long term effects and no active infection. No major symptoms have been reported. Keep in mind, we still don't know the long term effects on these animals, or how the virus will affect different animals, even of the same species. Don't use this information to be careless, please continue to take precautions. (Source, section 3)
The CDC doesn't recommend getting your pet routinely tested at this time. If you feel your pet may need a test, contact a veterinarian. (Source, paragraph 3)
Experts don't think that pets currently play a role in spreading COVID-19. The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 is considered to be a low risk at this time. As long as you aren't diagnosed or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it's safe to continue seeing your pets. (Source, paragraph 7)
Pets cannot wear a mask safely. Please take other precautions with your pets to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask yourself. (Source, section 2)
Mink deaths have been reported on mink farms with COVID-19 outbreaks. However, these deaths are not confirmed to be COVID-19 deaths. (Source, paragraph 10)
Some animals spread it easier than other animals, but more research is needed to verify these findings. For example, dogs don't spread COVID-19 to other dogs as easily as cats and ferrets potentially could spread it to their own species. (Source, paragraph 18)
Vaccines are being worked on
A COVID-19 vaccine for animals is an important step in combating COVID-19. Work on a vaccine is underway at pharmaceutical company Zoetis, according to a press release. As more information becomes available, we'll update this page.
If you think your pet needs a test
Information on testing is extremely limited right now. We recommend contacting a veterinarian for testing options, until more information becomes available.
As we still don't know a lot about how COVID-19 affects animals, the CDC recommends taking a few simple precautions. These are similar to existing CDC guidelines that you're already used to. (Sources, paragraphs 8 and 9)
Do not let your pets interact with people or animals outside of your immediate household.
If that's not possible, stay at least 6 feet away from everyone else. Keep dogs on a leash.
Avoid any gatherings.
If you suspect or know that you have COVID-19, self isolate immediately. This means to cut off ANY physical contact with any other person or animal.
It all starts with you.
Wear a mask.
Stay at least six feet apart from each other.
Stay home when you can.