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Apr 09

[ARCHIVED] Animals and COVID-19

The original item was published from April 9, 2020 5:28 PM to April 9, 2020 5:30 PM

Pets and animals are important members of our families, especially during these stressful times. Keep the following in mind to keep your animals and yourself well.

Everyday precautions apply to your pets and livestock, too.

While there is no evidence that pets or livestock can transmit the virus to people, researchers are still learning more to determine if animals can contract the virus from humans. Apply basic hygiene and distance measures to stay safe.

  • Wash your hands before and after handling pets, even your own.
  • Avoid sneezing or coughing on your pet.
  • Keep your distance from other pets and animals. Don’t allow people outside of your household to pet your animals. Don’t touch animals that are not your own.
  • Always avoid interacting with or feeding wild animals.

Make plans for pet care if you become sick.

If you become ill, follow the CDC's guidance. You may consider having a friend, neighbor or family member provide care to your pets while you recover. If you do not have someone to assist with care, practice good hand-washing and avoid sneezing or coughing on your pet.

  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and cannot leave your home to get pet food, call the Department of Animal Services at 703-777-0406 and they can assist you with up to two weeks of pet food delivered to your home.

Additional questions about questions about COVID-19 and animals, call Animal Services at 703-777-0406, or email.

Stay Informed About COVID-19