SARS-CoV-2 virus infect lions, tigers, puma, snow leopards, great apes, and gorillas. In laboratory settings, researchers have found infections in non-human primates and monkeys as well as fruit bats, hamsters, and tree shrews.
lab mice, pigs, chickens, and ducks are resistant to infection. farmed animals, like minks, can be infected. inks are highly susceptible and can spread the virus to other minks dogscats and occasionally to humans. reports about , foxes, and squirrels , no evidence of transmission.
Pets and COVID-19
ets can get infected from close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. Cats and ferrets spread disease amongst themselves, but that’s less likely with dogs. So far, the illness in pets has been mild or asymptomatic, and there are no reports of death from COVID-19.
Keep Your Pet Healthy
your pet’s interaction with people and other animals outside your home. Keep cats indoors, and roam freely outside. Avoid taking your pets to densely populated public places and dog parks keep your dog on a leash and at least meters away from other people and animals.
If you’re sick, avoid close contact like snuggling and petting and your pet’s kisses and licks. Don’t share food or sleep in the same room. If you can, have someone else care for your pet, if not, wear a mask when you care for your pet – but don’t put a mask on your pet because it can harm them. Make sure to wash your hands before and after interacting with your pet and pet food, dishes, waste or bedding or supplies.
The virus doesn’t spread from the skin, fur, or hair of pets, so there’s no need for excessive bathing of your pet and never use disinfectants, alcohol, hand sanitizer, peroxide, or other surface cleaners on them. Be sure not to miss your regular veterinarian appointments and keep up with their vaccinations and treatments.
If your pet is sick, contact your veterinarian for a virtual visit. Symptomatic pets or those with known COVID-19 exposure should get a test. If the test is positive, keep your pet at home and isolated, wear gloves, and wash your hands before and after each interaction.
It’s unlikely that vaccines will be available for pets, zoo and farm animals soon. However, it will probably be necessary to vaccinate them eventually to curb the spread of disease. For now, keep animals safe by treating them as you would humans.