Be aware, your pets may be in more danger than you previously thought.
Over the course of the past few months, we have discovered that pets are also susceptible to contracting coronavirus. Despite that inherent situation spiking fear in the hearts of pet owners, the FDA wants you to know that, while the situation is dangerous, it can be completely avoidable if you abide by the guidelines they pre-established.
In their newest YouTube video (which was released late last night), the FDA lays out some guidelines about how you should proceed if you, your pet, or anyone around you contracted the virus.
Luckily, you cannot contract coronavirus from your pet, and the likelihood of them getting infected is still very low, but there is cause for caution.
The FDA states that "Though it doesn't seem like animals can give you the virus, it appears you can give it to them. So if you're sick, avoid direct contact with your pets. If possible, have someone else care for them until you're well again. Consider avoiding dog parks and other crowded public places."
Evidently, the 6-foot exposure rule also applies to pets the same way it applies to people. The FDA does not advise that you put a mask over your pet's face (that's potentially dangerous and can cause unnecessary stress), but you should keep your pet on a leash at all times if you suspect that they have contracted COVID-19.
In fact, it's best to just avoid other animals at all if you are suspicious of potential exposure.