NEW YORK (77 WABC) — With so much fear and uncertainty about COVID-19, Dr. Karyn Collier, Medical Director Wellness Medicine at St. Francis Veterinary Center in South Jersey, says don’t worry about catching it from your pet.
Collier said all indications are pets are “not a significant source of potential infection for people or for other animals.”
She says pet owners should practice their usual hygiene, specifically washing hands after doing anything with the pet, cleaning a litter box or feeding the dog or cat.
Nothing should change with the relationship between you and the pet in the COVID-19 world.
“Don’t suddenly lock your pet in the closet or feel like you need to get rid of your pet,” Collier says.
However, anyone who is ill with COVID-19 should limit their contact with the pet.
All normal routines are not only important for us, the doctor says our animals need that too. But Collier says the pets could experience separation anxiety once this ordeal is over and everyone goes back to work and school.
“It may take a little bit of a readjustment period,” Collier says.