There is a lot of misinformation out there about coronavirus in general, so it's important to clarify some misconceptions regarding pets. Some people are taking their pets to shelters because of fears they could get sick from their dog or make their dog sick. This is currently not the case.
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
Out of an abundance of caution, health officials recommend that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This is likely due to concern that those who are sick may be immunocompromised and more vulnerable to pathogens.
If you are not ill, you can continue to interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding and playing. Practice good hygiene, washing hands before and after interacting with your pet.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a great resource for credible and up-to-date information to assist with questions from pet owners.
At Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin, we are committed to remaining open and available for small animal emergencies. In order to continue to maintain social distancing, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to conserve our resources, we have enacted a policy for curbside check in. Our front door will remain locked at all times, but give us a call for any assistance.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052