Every Person Matters is a saying we have here at Interior Health. And we take it pretty seriously.
Although we don’t provide health-care services to animals, we do care for a lot of animal lovers, and we realize that many of the people in our health region have questions about COVID-19 and pets.
To help cut through the noise, we went to one of the experts. Here is what Health Canada has to say on the topic:
There is currently no evidence that this virus is circulating in animals in Canada. It is possible that some types of animals may be able to get infected with COVID-19, but it is not yet clear whether they would show symptoms.
There are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and this is an area that remains to be studied and understood. Until this happens, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a pet or other animal:
- avoid close contact with them
- do not snuggle or kiss them, or let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed
- avoid coughing and sneezing on your animals
- have another member of your household care for your animals
- if this is not possible, always wash your hands before touching or feeding them
- limit your animal’s contact with other people and animals
- this may mean keeping them indoors
There is currently no evidence that domestic animals like pets can become sick with COVID-19 or can spread the virus to people. Pet owners and veterinarians can find further information at the BCCDC Q&A on Pets.
For the latest information and recommendations, visit the Health Canada website.