COVID-19 and Pets: Latest Information

Katy Nelson, DVM
By Katy Nelson, DVM on Apr. 27, 2020
Dr. Katy Nelson

Last updated 5/13

We’ve all been glued to the news, watching the number of COVID-19 cases around the world grow exponentially. We’ve seen extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness from first responders, retired healthcare workers, veterinarians, truck drivers, grocery store personnel, restaurant workers, and numerous others considered to be essential. We’ve also seen vulnerability from seemingly invincible people, companies, and countries. 

It’s no doubt rocked us to our core, and as pet owners, we have the extra worry of caring for our pets and wondering if they are at risk. Here’s the latest on what we know.


We update this page regularly to ensure you have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and pets. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Last updated 5/13

A few cats and dogs in several countries, as well as a tiger at a U.S. zoo, tested positive after being in contact with people who were positive for COVID-19. See the full list of animal cases at the World Organisation for Animal Health COVID-19 Q&A page (bottom of the page).

There is no evidence at this time that pets can pass coronavirus to people.

Research is ongoing to determine how different animals can be affected.

Canine” and “Feline” coronavirus are NOT the same as COVID-19.

Follow this guide to keep your pets safe from exposure to COVID-19:

Keep Pets Safe From COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Use this guide to determine which issues warrant a trip to the vet now, and which can wait.

COVID-19 and vet visits

March 23, 2020

Make a plan for your pet in case you get sick: 

Pet Care Plan for COVID-19

April 27, 2020

Although a few pets have been reported to have been infected, there's no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to people. Find out more:

Coronavirus between pets and people

Updated on April 24, 2020

Katy Nelson, DVM


Katy Nelson, DVM


Dr. Katy Nelson is the Senior Veterinary Relations Manager for Chewy Health, as well as an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal...

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