Following are a few updates from the Humane Society of the United States and the World Health Organization concerning pets and COVID-19:

At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.

Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?

At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The W.H.O. currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. There is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this disease or that they become sick.

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19, how do I protect my pet?

If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. There are no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.

Under Governor Baker’s new stay at home order, organizations and workers responsible for the care and custody of pets are considered essential.