COVID-19 and your pet: Tips from Penn Vet

Microbiology experts Shelley Rankin and Stephen Cole have compiled some facts and tips to keep in mind regarding COVID-19 and your pets. 

Labrador puppy on exam table with vet in background

Rankin is a professor of microbiology, head of Diagnostic Services, and chief of Clinical Microbiology. Cole is an assistant professor of clinical microbiology.

“The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads from human to human. There is no research to support human to animal spread at this time.

People infected with SARS-CoV-19 should limit contact with their pets. Do not let them lick you. Make sure you wash your hands after you touch your pet. Dogs and cats can carry organisms that can make you sick like Salmonella and Ringworm. That is why it is always important to wash your hands after each interaction with your pet.”

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