SAN DIEGO — California State Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) hosted a telephone town hall Wednesday on how COVID-19 impacts pets and how to keep pets safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes amid recent news reports of animals testing positive for COVID-19.
Can I still adopt without breaking the stay at home order?
Yes. Animal shelters are considered essential services. We highly encourage people to adopt or foster.
My wife is returning from abroad and plans to isolate from us. Can she cuddle with our pet?
Treat pets like the rest of your family. If you are separating from family, separate from your pet.
Are there any pet testing facilities for COVID-19 in San Diego?
No. There is no commercial test available for pets right now. (Tests on pets are not recommended by CDC.gov)
Would a basic bath with shampoo suffice if you are concerned the virus may be sitting on an animals fur?
Yes. However, we do not believe the virus can live very long on an animal's fur.
Is it safe to let your dog play with other dogs?
Out of an abundance of caution, avoid letting your dog play with dogs from other households right now.
San Diego Humane Society's President and CEO, Dr. Gary Weitzman, wrapped up the telephone town hall by saying, "We need to treat all of our family members the same: If you're sick, separate from your pet just like you would other humans."