The following is important information sourced from the Government of Canada's Information on COVID-19 and Animals in Canada.
There is currently no evidence to suggest this virus is circulating in animals in Canada.
It is possible that some types of animals can be infected with COVID-19, but there is NO EVIDENCE that pets or other animals can spread the virus. There are still many unknowns about COVID-19, and this is an area that remains to be studied and understood.
Until we know more, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a pet or other animal, here are some tips for keeping your pets safe:
- avoid close contact with them;
- do not snuggle or kiss them, or let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed;
- practise good cough etiquette;
- avoid coughing and sneezing on your animals;
- have another member of your household care for your animals - if this is not possible, always wash your hands before touching or feeding them;
- limit your animal's contact with other people and animals - this may mean keeping them indoors.