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Can my pet have COVID-19 and pass it on to me?

Regarding the risk of the contagion of pets, the virus has been detected in two dogs that lived with a COVID-19 patient that showed respiratory and digestive symptoms.1

In experimental studies there have been ferret and cat infections, with active reapplication of the virus in respiratory ways.  It was also observed, but in lesser intensity in dogs.  This indicates that there can be transmission of infected humans to dogs, cats and occasionally to ferrets.  It is unknown if transmission can occur from these animals to humans.2

In conclusion, at this moment there is no evidence that pets are a risk for humans, we are riskier to them.

  1. Institué auprès de l’Agence Fédérale pourla Sécurité de la Chaîne Alimentaire. Risque zoonotique du SARS-CoV2 (Covid-19) associé aux animaux de compagnie : infection de l’animal vers l’homme et de l’homme vers l’animal [Internet]. Bélgica; 2020 mar. Disponible en: 2020_SciCom2020-07_Covid-19petitsanimauxdomestiques_27-03-20_001.pdf
  2. Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and different domestic animals to SARS-coronavirus-2 | bioRxiv [Internet]. [citado 4 de abril de 2020]. Disponible en: