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There is no proven risk of coronavirus transmission to you by your pet. Most risk comes from exposure to other people. Standard pet hygiene techniques are the best way to keep you and your pet

Precautionary advice: Wash hands after stroking or cuddling your pet. Please note that this is no different to standard advice from before this current pandemic.
Bathing your dog should only be done with standard recommended pet shampoos. The virus, which may be carried for a short time on your pet’s coat, is susceptible to soap and water. Use of disinfectant is not safe for your pet nor more effective against the virus. Shampooing of dogs should not be done more than once a week unless on specific advice from your veterinarian. There is a danger of washing away the natural protective oils from your pet’s coat and increasing the risk of the virus remaining longer on the coat. For (the very few) cats that will tolerate bathing the advice is the same as for dogs. Only use manufacturer recommended soaps. Remember cats will groom more thoroughly and there is an increased risk of swallowing any products applied to the skin and fur. For both dogs and cats, consider carefully the frequency of washing. Especially if using topical (spot-on) parasite protective products. If washed too frequently, these products will be weakened and there may be a risk of exposure to fleas, ticks, flies or worms. If unsure, consult your veterinarian. An alternate to shampooing for both dogs and cats would be to wipe the coat in a damp cloth or towel if they may have been in contact with the virus. A diluted solution of your standard dog/cat approved shampoo could also be used to dampen the towel. Do not use disinfectant products unless specifically authorised by your veterinarian. Do not use human wet wipes unless authorised by your veterinarian. Whatever you use should be disposed of safely immediately after use.

There have been some further confirmed cases of SARS-COV-2 (the virus of Covid-19) being carried by pets but still no evidence of transmission from pet to person. The most susceptible animals appear to be domestic cats (and their larger cousins). They may show symptoms (dry cough and malaise). There is very limited experimental evidence that they can transmit the virus to other cats and therefore there remains the potential (and still not documented) risk of transfer to people. In view of the small number of cases worldwide the risk to people from their pets is still considered very low. It should be noted that almost all cases in pets have come from households with a Corona positive person. Therefore the greatest risk is from that person and not the pet. The transmission route, should it occur would be from handling your pet who may have virus particles on their coat. In the case of cats showing symptoms, there is a likelihood that the virus is in their mouth and any vomit or diarrhoea. Contamination of the coat would come from self-grooming or in the case of a positive testing cat, from virus multiplication. Do not allow your pet to lick your face. Again this is standard pre-Covid advice.  Remember you are a greater risk to your pet rather than them to you.

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