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Coronavirus generates pet safety concerns

If you are out walking your dog, take them to less populated areas.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 7:42 PM

CALIFORNIA — Veterinarians say we should make sure to keep our pets away from other animals.

Doctor Dawn Alves from All About Pets Veterinary Hospital said it is unlikely a pet could get the virus from a person or give it to a person, but there are other risks.

Pets could potentially spread it if it gets on their fur because the virus could live on their fur coat about as long as it does on clothing.

Meaning, if it gets on their fur and someone pets them, then touches their face, they themselves could become infected.

"That actually gets me thinking because he sees other dogs when we go outside to go to the bathroom and I don't know what other owners do or where they may have been, so that gets me thinking a little now," said pet owner Rachel Dias.

Doctor Alves said the safest thing to do is keep your animals away from other animals and humans for as long as we are social distancing.

"You think of how many cases there are out there. If one tiger tested positive, I don't really have any concerns," said Laura Jellison, who explained she is not worried.

If you are out walking your dog, take them to less populated areas.

The Centers for Disease Control said at this time, there is no evidence of cases here in the United States where people have spread the virus to their pets.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119601721676
Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
Fresno957851451
Sacramento937901498
Alameda809501271
Ventura77952870
San Joaquin671231150
Contra Costa62931695
Stanislaus56433953
Tulare48114768
Monterey42335329
San Mateo39148521
San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
Kings22091220
Placer19911232
San Luis Obispo19751238
Madera15523214
Santa Cruz14736183
Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
El Dorado9195100
Napa908072
Sutter889998
Yuba577638
San Benito577061
Lassen562324
Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
Mendocino382643
Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
Inyo132137
Mono12144
Del Norte10085
Plumas6536
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
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Alpine820
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