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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Pets and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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Novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is causing global human disease (COVID-19) and affecting many aspects of people's lives.  Animals and pets, both in the community and in our families, are also affected by this pandemic. 


Below are resources for pet owners, veterinarians and animal care and control agencies to provide information, answer questions, and deliver guidance as we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Veterinary professionals in Los Angeles County are invited to consult with our Public Health Veterinarian On Call on Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm at 213-288-7060 or send an email to


Please be aware that there is much to learn about COVID-19 and new information is generated daily.  Be sure to check credible resources regularly to stay up-to-date on all the ways to keep yourself, your family, your pets and your community safe. 


Veterinary medicine is considered an essential service and Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health has updated the guidance document to provide recommendations for: PPE, social distancing, self-monitoring and a return-to-work protocol for staff with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. 

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Guidance for Veterinary Practice Personnel pdf icon1 - LAC DPH (updated 10/22/20)


Confirmed Cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in the United States - USDA-APHIS  

We want to emphasize that there is still no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States.  At this time, routine testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 is not recommended and there is no justification in taking measures against animals or pets that may compromise their welfare.


Information for Pet Owners:

What You Need To Know About COVID-19 and Pets - CDC

COVID-19: Pets and Other Animals - CDC

FAQs for Pet Owners - American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Pet Safety and COVID-19 (YouTube video 1:31) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals - CDC

COVID-19 Recommendations for Pet Stores, Pet Distributors and Pet Breeding Facilities - CDC

COVID-19 Considerations for Animal Activities at Fairs, Shows and Other Events - CDC

SARS-CoV-2 in Animals - AVMA

Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease - World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

FAQ for Pet Owners and COVID-19 - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH)

Keeping Kids and Pets Safer At Home - Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control

Community Cats and COVID-19 - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Novel Coronavirus and Los Angeles County (numbers of cases, numbers of deaths) - LAC DPH


Information for Veterinarians/Veterinary Staff:

 COVID-19 Guidance for Veterinary Clinics - California

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Guidance for Veterinary Practice Personnel pdf icon1 - LAC DPH (updated 10/22/20)

Toolkit: One Health Approach to Address Companion Animals with SARS-CoV-2 - CDC

What You Need To Know About COVID-19 and Pets - CDC

Interim Infection Prevention & Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics Treating Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Response - CDC

What Veterinarians Need to Know - AVMA

FAQs for Veterinary Professionals - AVMA

COVID-19: Keeping Veterinary Teams Healthy - AVMA

Caring for patients and interacting with clients during COVID-19 - AVMA

Using telemedicine to help care for veterinary patients during COVID-19 - AVMA

Considerations for House-Call and Mobile Veterinarians During the COVID-19 Pandemic - AVMA

Case Management During COVID-19 Recovery (Flowchart) - AVMA

COVID-19 Updates - California Veterinary Medical Association  (CVMA)


Information about Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2

Interim Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in North American Wildlife - CDC

Evaluation for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Animals - CDC

Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2 - AVMA

If you have questions or wish to discuss a suspected case of SARS-CoV-2 in an animal in Los Angeles County, please call us at 213-288-7060 or email


Information for Animal Care and Control/Shelters/Rescues:

Interim Recommendations for Intake of Companion Animals from Households Where Humans with COVID-19 are Present - AVMA

FAQ for Animal Care and Control Staff - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Animal Services' Role in COVID-19 Support - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Statements on COVID-19 - National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA)

Shelter Kit for COVID-19 - Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and Humane Society of the US


Additional Information and Resources:

Exposure of humans or animals to SARS-CoV2 from wild, livestock, companion and aquatic animals: Qualitative exposure assessment - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Interim SARS-CoV-2 Guidance and Recommendations for Farmed Mink and Other Mustelids - USDA APHIS

Meat and Poultry Processing Facility Assessment Toolkit - CDC


To stay up to date on emerging animal health issues, veterinary professionals are encouraged to join the Animal Health Alert Network (AHAN) to receive updates and alerts via email.  Complete the online form here or fill out the form by hand and email it to


Last updated: October 27, 2020

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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