Puppies, Kittens, and... Coronavirus?

There are few things that Americans value more than our pets. In most typical American households, you can usually expect to find a dog, cat, bird, fish, mouse, or snake. Some of the most exotic pets include capybaras, sugar gliders, wallabies, and even skunks! As a whole, Americans spent over $95 billion on their pets last year! Most people want to make sure they do everything in their power to keep their pets healthy and happy. You know what doesn’t make pets healthy and happy? Covid-19. Wait. Pets can’t get Covid-19… can they???

Surprisingly, the answer is “yes”. Animals can indeed contract the coronavirus. The first known case found in an animal was in Nadia, a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Apart from her, seven other large cats at the same zoo developed Covid-19, and several cats and dogs throughout the U.S. have been infected as well. Fortunately, it appears that humans are giving the virus to their pets, and not the other way around. If you are free from Covid-19, it’s likely that your furry friends are safe, too. Still, it’s best that you and your pets social distance from others when out and about. And, as always, continue to wash your hands before and after handling animals, just in case. Soap and water is always best, but hand sanitizer is a good alternative. At Ecohealth KC, we are partnering with a local Kansas City company to provide you with hand sanitizer and HOCl cleansing gel, along with our KN95 masks. To protect your pets, be sure to stay socially distant from them if you or a member of your household is showing signs of Covid-19. (I know it’s hard, but Rover will thank you!)