CDC Says Social Distancing Also Applies to Pets

Social distancing isn't just for humans, says the CDC. 

Until more is known about how coronavirus impacts animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising pet owners to take precautions to treat their pets like family members during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Veterinary Specialist Dr. Melissa Salgado said, "[Your pets] are at risk of developing this disease so it’s best to err on the side of caution."

The CDC recommends walking dogs on a leash six feet from other people and animals and keeping your cats indoors so they don't interact with other people. 

If you or someone in your household has the virus, avoid contact with your pets or use gloves and a face covering when in contact with them if there is no one else available to care for your pet. 

Dog parks should be avoided at this time, and while routine testing isn't recommended at this time the USDA is actively looking into animals contracting the virus and will post findings if other animals become infected. 

Even with new evidence, though, there is no black and white evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus at this time.

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