In July 2020, the government announced a cat in the UK has been diagnosed with Coronavirus for the first time. Find out more about how we can protect ourselves and our animals from the current pandemic.
Yes - there have been a couple of cases where pets have tested positive for the virus. The first case of a cat catching Covid-19 in the UK was confirmed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency on the 22nd July 2020.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has stated that there’s no evidence to suggest that pets are able to transmit the virus to people.
You don’t need to worry about your pet contracting Covid-19. The chances of animals getting it are low and it usually doesn’t affect them much.
If you’re a pet owner who has symptoms, avoid contact with your pets and other members of your household as much as possible.
Fortunately pets appear unaffected by the current pandemic and show very few or no symptoms. Even if animals do get the virus, it doesn’t appear to be lethal in the same way it can be for humans.
However, if your pet becomes visibly unwell then it is still recommended that you should contact the nearest vet to find out what is causing their illness.
Animals can spread the virus through their fur, as with any surface. If a human with Covid touches, sneezes or coughs on a cat or dog, the virus can contaminate their fur.
It is recommended that you do the following to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus:
Yes, unless your policy states otherwise.
Pet insurers have also put plans in place to support pet owners who make a claim during the pandemic.
As access to vet surgeries is limited, insurance companies are partnering with vets to make sure your pets receive the treatment they need.
If you are hospitalised with coronavirus you will need someone to take care of your pet while you’re away.
Depending on the level of pet insurance you have, your insurance might cover boarding fees. For example, some policies will pay up to £15 per day for either boarding or someone to look after your pet if you’re hospitalised for four or more days.
Check with your insurer what is and isn’t covered by your policy. If your pet isn’t covered, then a friend or family member is the next best option.
No, there’s no vaccine available for pets. If you think your pet has Covid call your vet for advice – don’t take them to the surgery.
It is recommended that families continue to follow social distancing rules, including the use of face coverings while in public. If you or a family member has any symptoms of coronavirus, they must self isolate for 14 days.
No. If you’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus, it’s recommended that you don’t leave your home for any reason - that includes walking your dog. If you have a garden, you could play with your dog in it for exercise.
Think carefully before buying a new pet during lockdown. Research by Dogs Trust shows that online searches for puppies have increased by 166% during lockdown, due to the extra time people have had at home. This has caused dog prices to increase considerably, and the cost of insurance has climbed too.