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CDC issues new guidelines for pet owners during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 6:52 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 19:52:03-04

The Centers for Disease Control have issued new guidelines for people with pets regarding COVID-19.

Experts say you should only let your pets interact with people and animals in the same household - so, social distancing no longer just applies to humans.

According to the guidelines, it's best to keep cats inside and when walking your dog, keep them on a leash to avoid interactions with others.

The CDC also say you should not go to dog parks and other places with large crowds.

If you feel sick, avoid close contact with your pet, if at all possible.

There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19, but a small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes the novel coronavirus, mostly after people with COVID-19, reports the CDC.

If you feel your pet has been infected with COVID-19, do not take your pet to the vet yourself. Some vets are offering telemedicine visits, but your vet can determine the proper steps for your pet's care.

Find more information from the CDC regarding pets and COVID-19 HERE.

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