Caring for pets is always our highest priority at The Missing Link®. You can be assured that although these times may be uncertain, we will always continue to provide your pets the supplies and support they need to stay safe and healthy.
We will be actively sharing the most up-to-date information from the CDC with our TML community. For more questions about how COVID-19 may impact your pet or other animals, we recommend that you visit the CDC for the latest updates and other valuable tips.
Update from the CDC on April 28, 2020
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals, do not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
- Do not go to dog parks or public places where many people and dogs gather. To help maintain social distancing, do not let other people pet your dog when you are out for a walk.
- Currently, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low.
- A small number of pets have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after contact with people with COVID-19.
Visit the FAQ page on the CDC website more information on how to keep yourself and pets safe and healthy.
Update from the CDC on April 22, 2020
- The CDC confirmed 2 cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in two pet cats in New York. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.
- The cats live in two separate areas of New York state. Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
- At this time, routine testing of pets and animals in not recommended. The USDA will continue to post all confirmed cases of SARAS-CoV-2 in pets or animals within the United States.
For more information please read statement from the CDC here.
As of now we know
- There is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.
- You should treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
- This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
- The CDC is working with human and animal health partners to monitor this situation and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
How to continue to care for your pets
Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a potential infection.
- Do not 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 (2 meters) from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
There is a very small number of animals around the world reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after having contact with a person with COVID-19. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
If you are not feeling well
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
For more information on how to keep yourself and pets healthy, please visit the CDC website
Updated on April 28, 2020