COVID-19 Reinforces Need for Healthy Habits Around Pets

2020-04-16 | AKC Government Relations Department

In recently updated guidance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reiterated that there is no evidence that animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that pets may be a source of infection in the U.S.  Nevertheless, it also reiterated the importance of people continuing to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing hands and maintaining good hygiene. 

More information is needed to determine how, or if, COVID-19 affects animals.  To protect pets from potential infection, CDC recommends treating pets the same way you would treat human family members.  This includes restricting pets from interacting with people or other animals from outside your home or kennel.  When walking dogs on a leash, maintain appropriate social distance (6-feet rule).  Avoid dog parks or other public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.  If you are sick with COVID-19, restrict contact with your pets and other animals.  Animal owners sick with COVID-19 unable to have someone else care for their pets should wear a cloth face covering and wash hands before and after interacting with them.  

As part of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 Daily Life and Coping resources, CDC’s If You Have Animals page provides details on the latest COVID-19 information and recommended practices for animal owners. 

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) also continues to provide coronavirus updates on its COVID-19 Resources page, which provides a wealth of timely news and information to keep you informed of developments. 

Click here for the regularly-updated Status of Legislatures Impacted by COVID-19 page.    

Click here for updated information on State Exemptions Protecting Pet Care, Supplies and Services During Shutdown

If you have any additional questions, contact AKC GR at

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