COVID-19 – Pets

COVID-19 – Pets

There is no current evidence to suggest that pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is recommended that you always wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets; this protects you against various other common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.

The animal source of the COVID-19 has not yet been identified, but Public Health England (PHE) accept it is likely an animal source from a live animal market in China was responsible for some of the first reported human infections.  To protect yourself, when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals (and surfaces in contact with animals). You should also avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products; this means ensuring best food hygiene practices, preventing cross-contamination from raw meat, milk or animal organs.