We’re getting so many updates on how to keep ourselves and our at-risk community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and seems like we’re learning more information every day.  As begin to navigate through this new phase the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new pet safety tips for all of us who love our furry friends. 

“You’re doing all you can to keep your family safe during the coronavirus pandemic, but what about the furrier members of your household?” FDA officials said in a new pet safety video. “At this time, the risk of pets spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 in people is considered low, but it does appear that people can give the virus to animals with preliminary research showing that cats and ferrets are more likely to get the virus than dogs.” 

Until more is known about how this virus affects animals, FDA officials advise people to treat pets as they would human family members to protect them from a possible infection. This includes: 

Don’t let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household 

Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people 

Walk dogs on a leash maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals 

Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather