Can you get Covid-19 from your pet? 

It’s a scary thought for us pet parents. At this point there is no evidence to show Covid-19 can be transmitted by our pets. However, the virus can stay on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 3 – 4 days, so it can theoretically remain on your pet’s coat.

Before you commence a classic Covid-19 cleaning frenzy and start bleaching your pets, there are easier ways to manage this. Your bubble is your pets bubble – so social distancing from other humans to pets is important. Avoid pet to human contact such as; petting, snuggling, being licked or kissed and sharing food. Keep your dog on a lead to avoid them from running up to someone.


How to pet proof against Covid-19:

  • Do not touch cats or dogs that are not in your bubble
  • Keep your cat inside
  • For outdoor cats; put gloves on, grab a warm damp flannel & rub them down – Note: this is not Covid proof but we understand some cats get too stressed if not let outside and can get sick as a result.
  • Dogs that escape – bath time!

Remember: Any towels you use need to be washed separately and throw out gloves or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterwards.


Contact Vet Care at Vet Care is open 7 days a week but are closed during public holidays.


VetCare Grey Lynn is open during the lockdown for urgent matters, food and medication orders. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or visit our Covid-19 web page for more information