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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.

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