Self-Isolation with Service Animals and Pets

March 16, 2020

At this time, there is no evidence that service or companion animals spread Covid-19.  However, this is a developing situation and there are reports of virus transmission to dogs, so please follow these conservative guidelines based on limited data and general recommendations for infection prevention and control of diseases that can be transferred to humans from animals. 

Limit interactions with pets and other animals while you are experiencing symptoms.  Maintain separation as much as possible, as you would with other family members, and avoid direct contact with pets such as petting, hugging, being licked and sharing food. Service animals however, should remain with their handlers. 

Designate a household member if possible to care for your animals.  If a person in isolation must care for pets; wash hands thoroughly before and after caring for service animals and pets, wear a face mask while interacting until medically cleared of infection.