Coronavirus and Your Pets

I have received numerous calls from pet parents asking about the coronavirus and the safety of their family and pets. After some research, I found the following article in WebMD:

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COVID-19 – Coronavirus & Pets

I have received numerous calls from pet parents asking about the coronavirus and the safety of their family and pets. After some research, I found the following article in WebMD:

Until there is any information otherwiseGuy Palmer, DVM, and Senior Director of Global Health at Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, says pet owners can feel confident that the virus isn’t spreading between pets, owners and other pets. There is a greater likelihood of certain bacteria on animals spreading between owners and their pets, so diligent hand washing is recommended, he said.

Understanding about the virus that causes COVID-19 is continuing to evolve, however, and information could change about the disease and its impact on pets and their owners in the coming weeks and months.

To help process the current situation, here are some questions and answers, based on information from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, the World Organization for Animal HealthWorld Small Animal Veterinary Association and several veterinarians.


How worried should I be that the virus will infect my pet?

Not very worried. As of March 1, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus and currently, there is no evidence that a dog or other pets can contract or spread the disease among themselves or humans, says the CDC.“The risk to and from pets appears low at this time,” said Brennen McKenzie, VMD, a veterinarian with Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Gatos, CA.Animals spread viruses between one another that are genetically distinct from human viruses. The genetic distinction makes it extremely difficult for humans and their pets to pass diseases on to one another. (Except for the rabies virus.)

But what about the dog in Hong Kong? What does that test result mean for me and my family?

The Hong Kong dog is the only known instance worldwide where a pet has tested positive for the virus causing COVID-19, and scientists are skeptical about the accuracy of the test. “We are still waiting to get more information about whether the dog in Hong Kong was actually infected with the virus, or whether it was just present on the dog, but not in an infectious way,” said Michael San Filippo, spokesman for the Illinois-based American Veterinary Medical Association, a non-profit representing 95,000 veterinarians.

Dr. San Filippo recommends people keep checking this section of the AVMA website to stay informed.

How can pet owners keep their animals and families safe?

Keep petting your animals. Wash your hands with soap and water after petting your animal or another’s animal.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into your arm, instead of your hand. Here are more COVID-19 prevention tips from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the CDC.

Include pets in your family’s emergency preparedness planning. Keep a two-week supply of your pet’s food and medications on hand, advises the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Are you and your family self-isolating?  staying home?  Just how stressed-out are you? 

Why not join one of my  “FREE” PET WEBINARS coming soon! 

To help us through this pandamic, I would like to “give back” to the community so I am in process of creating numerous “free” webinars for you and/or your family to join.  Some topics are:

  • Reiki Intro:  An introduction into “What Is Reiki” and how can help me, my family & pets.  This is a 15-minute overview of Reiki, followed by a 10-minute distance Relaxation Meditation
  • Reiki Meditation:  If you are already familiar with Reiki, I will be conducting a 20-minute distance Relaxation Meditation session for you, your family & pets
  • How & why to give your pet a Monthly Wellness Exam
  • How to create a Pet Emergency Supply Kit
  • Water-safety tips for your dogs
  • Household plants & foods that are toxic to your pets
  • to name just a few

If there is a topic missing you would like to hear more about, please email me at and let me know.

Visit my calendar to view dates & times of upcoming free webinars.


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