New CDC Guidelines: Pets should social distance just like humans

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Health officials have new guidelines suggesting your furry friends should social distance, just like you and the other members of your household.

So far, the virus has been found in both cats and dogs, not surpassing more than 5 cases nationwide, and all have been very mild.

But, the CDC is still keeping an eye on how the virus affects pets.

Here are the new guidelines:

  • Don’t let pets interact with other people OR animals outside the home.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Walk dogs on a leash and stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places.

If you are feeling sick, take normal precautions, like don’t kiss your animal on the face, don’t let your dog lick your plate after you use them, and don’t sneeze or cough near you animal. Or, have someone else care for your pet if possible. If you don’t have anyone in your home who can help care for the animal, Roice-Hurst Humane Society is lending a helping hand (click here).

As for your pet’s mental health, Roice Hurst Humane Society has made “Corona Care Packs” with toys and other goods to keep your pets entertained.

The good news is, there’s no evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted to humans from animals.

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