COVID-19 – pets and animals

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not been reported in domestic animals or wildlife in Australia.

There is no evidence the virus:

  • transmits from animals to humans
  • transmits from animals to animals
  • makes animals sick.

It is recommended that you always practice good hygiene when handling animals, which is especially important when you are sick.

Caring for animals if you are quarantined or diagnosed with COVID-19

Avoid contact with pets and other animals while you are in quarantine or sick.

If you can't avoid contact with pets and other animals:

  • Keep your contact to a minimum.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling animals.
  • Avoid kissing, being licked by, or sharing food with your animals.
  • Prevent your animals from interacting with other people.

Follow all directions from human and animal health authorities. At this stage, there is no need to test animals for COVID-19.

Remember, if your animal becomes sick, contact your veterinarian for advice.

General good hygiene and biosecurity practices for managing animals

At all times you should practice good hygiene and biosecurity when managing pets and animals. This includes:

  • washing your hands before and after handling animals
  • isolating sick animals from other animals and seeking veterinary advice
  • vaccinating animals and keeping their boosters up to date
  • controlling worms, fleas, ticks, insects and other pests
  • cleaning and disinfecting animal equipment regularly, especially before new or young animals are introduced, or after any illness
  • limiting visitors to your animals, especially if they have been handling other animals. Make sure visitors wash their hands and shoes before entering your property, and, if possible, make sure they don’t visit young, old or sick animals.

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Page Last Reviewed: 23 Mar 2020
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