A small number of pets including dogs and cats have been found to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. The risk of infection being spread by animals is considered low, and only a few animals have shown signs of illness. Until more is known about the disease and its spread, a few precautions can help both you and your pets stay healthy.\n\nDo not let pets interact with people or other animals outdoors\nKeep cats indoors to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.\nWalk dogs on a leash, maintaining “social distancing” from other animals and humans A pet stroller is a great way to get your walk in without risk.\nAvoid public places where people and dogs gather.\n\nIf you suspect you may have COVID-19 avoid contact with your pets exactly as you do with people. The Center for Disease Control advises people with symptoms to avoid contact with pets and other animals. If you have to interact with your pet, wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after.\nIf your pet requires vet care during this time, call your veterinarian before taking your pet in. Many practices are offering telemedicine, curbside care and other socially distanced options. If you or a family member are diagnosed with COVID-19, be sure to inform the veterinarian prior to your appointment. \nSocial distancing is the safest way to keep both your family and your pets free from COVID-19 infection.