Can your pet get the COVID-19? How to protect them from COVID-19

Can your pet get the COVID-19? How to protect them from COVID-19

Coronavirus disease can spread from people to animals. Some coronaviruses infect only animals.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a few pets including cats and dogs have been infected with the coronavirus. This happened mostly after the animals were in close contact with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Based on information available so far, the risk of animals spreading the COVID-19 virus to people is considered low, says several international health organisations.

Here is what you have to do to keep your pet safe

* Don't let your pet interact with people or animals outside your household.

* Avoid dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather.

* When walking your pet, make sure your pet wears a leash and keep your dog at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.

* Keep pets indoors when possible.

If you become sick with COVID-19 and have a pet-

* Isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet.

* If possible, have another person in your household care for your pet.

* Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding with your pet.

* If you care for your pet or are around animals while you're sick, wear a cloth face covering.

* Wash your hands before and after handling animals and their food, waste and supplies.

* Make sure you clean up after your pet.

Sentinel Assam