Avoid contact with animals
There is no indication that animals play a role in the spread of Covid-19, although sporadic cases of transmission from humans to some animals have been flagged in a few countries.
Animals exposed to the virus are like other surfaces that may be contaminated. Caution is therefore required.
Follow hygiene practices for animals
Follow hygiene practices for animals in the same way you do for people around you.
Follow the usual hygiene practices associated with animal contact, which are published on the website on animal diseases transmissible to humans (French only).
Avoid petting animals, letting yourself be licked and sharing food
Avoid close contact with animals (e.g. petting them, letting yourself be licked, sharing food, etc.).
Ideally, keep your pet isolated in a separate room or a cage that is suitable and reserved just for it.
If possible, ask another member of your household to take care of your animal. Remind them of the hygiene practices follow.
If you must take care of an animal, be sure to carefully wash your hands before and after caring for it. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Limit your pet’s contact with other people or other animals
Limit your pet’s contact with other people or other animals for a period of 14 days after direct, unprotected contact between your animal and a person who has Covid-19.
If possible, keep your animal indoors. If it goes outside, use a private fenced area or make sure it is on a leash.
Animal breeders are already applying good biosecurity and hygiene practices (French only). They are encouraged to enhance them as needed and to follow the above recommendations.
Call a veterinarian
If you are concerned about your animal’s health, call your veterinarian.
If you would like more information about animals in connection with Covid-19, visit the Q&A for owners or custodians of animals.
Last update: May 12, 2020