Here’s How You Can Keep Your Pets Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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There’s a growing body of information now about how to protect yourself and your family from contracting COVID-19, but what about your beloved pets? Animals have tested positive for the virus, including several lions and tigers at a New York zoo and, more recently, larger numbers of mink in farms across the United States and Europe. When it comes to pets, two cats from New York and a pug from North Carolina tested positive in the earlier days of the pandemic, and overall "a small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with the virus in several countries" aside from the United States. However, the number of cases has remained low enough that the CDC says pets and animals likely don’t present a large risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

Many health and animal experts still emphasize following extra precautions to protect our furry companions — it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially because the risks of transmission remain somewhat unknown. And in this "new normal" we’re adapting to, taking care of our pets is starting to look a little different. Here’s how you can keep your pet safe and healthy while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.