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This page was last updated on 9/14/2020.

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Pets & COVID-19

One of life’s simple but significant joys is leaning down to pat a dog on the head and watching its tail wag. But it is safe to pet a dog during the pandemic? The CDC addresses some important questions regarding pet health and COVID-19:

  • The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low. However, you should still take precautions when going out with your pet or interacting with someone else’s pet. A good rule of thumb is to treat pets as family members and not let them associate with people or animals outside of your household.
  • Taking Fido out for a run can still be done safely, but instead of visiting your favorite dog park, find a space where you are less likely to run into other people or animals. And, of course, stay home if you or your pet is feeling under the weather.
  • If your pet gets sick after contact with a person who has COVID-19, let your veterinarian know. They can offer a virtual consultation and evaluation so that you can maintain physical distance and still receive care if needed.

Pets have been here for us to make the pandemic a little more bearable. Take care of them—and yourself—so you can make the most out of your time together.


Touchmark has created the below FAQ to make it easier for people to find the latest information about changes within our communities, as we work with national, provincial, and local health agencies and professionals to combat COVID-19.