COVID-19 and pets

In these uncertain times, we’re all doing our best to keep our loved ones safe and healthy—including our pets.

Nationwide, a UHD Work/Life vendor, is monitoring the COVID-19 situation to better understand whether or how the virus could affect pets.

They’ve compiled answers to key questions about COVID-19 and pets with information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Please note: This information is current as of publication. However, as health officials learn more, some answers may change.

Can pets spread COVID-19?
There is currently no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the U.S.

Can pets get sick from the new coronavirus?
While it appears that the disease can spread from people to animals in some situations, information is very limited. Officials are monitoring the situation and, out of an abundance of caution, advise anyone sick with COVID-19 to restrict contact with pets.

What should I do if I think my pet is infected?
Currently, neither the CDC nor the AVMA is recommending routine testing of animals for COVID-19. If you think your pet may be infected, call your veterinary hospital. Veterinarians who believe an animal should be tested will contact state animal health officials.

Are veterinarians still seeing patients?
Many veterinary practices have been rescheduling wellness exams and non-essential surgeries. Some have pivoted to telemedicine and curbside services. If you have a situation in which your pet needs to be seen, call ahead; the staff will instruct you on their protocols and hours.

Nationwide pet insurance members can call our vethelpline® with any pet health question; current members, log on to for more information. To learn more about Nationwide pet insurance, visit

Source: Nationwide

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