Vanderburgh Humane Society releases pet safety information for coronavirus

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- There’s so much talk about the spread of covid-19 between humans but what about your pets?

According to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, there is no evidence that this strain of coronavirus, COVID-19 can be transmitted to dogs and cats, though cats and dogs have previously been able to catch their own versions of coronavirus.

“There was a small percentage of animals in Hong Kong I believe that tested positive for the virus on their fur because it’s a surface so there a chance that if someone were to cough on your pet and then you pet your dog and ten touch your face — that transmission is technically possible but not likely at all. “

The VHS released information for some frequently asked questions regarding pets and the coronavirus.

As for being quarantined with your pet VHS advises the same rules for pets as you do yourself.

They say people with pets should keep a two-week supply of food on hand in case of emergencies, especially if that food is prescription or must be ordered online. Likewise, the Humane Society says pets with medications should have those medications filled “for an extended period.”

All Humane Society events will remain open to the public for the time being, though food assistance program will be canceled for the month of April. Cardio for canines has been canceled for Saturday due to forecasted heavy rains.

The Humane Society says donations are vital to help them care for the over 200 pets they have.

Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2020)

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