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Service Animals and COVID-19

Service Animals and COVID-19

Liz and Pender posing together at MossRehab

Recreational Therapist Liz Decina and MossRehab facility dog, Pender, would like to remind you that the CDC reports no current evidence that companion animals (such as pets) or service animals can spread COVID-19. Canine Companions for Independence also states that at this time there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from dogs to humans or that the virus causes illness in dogs.

However, people with COVID-19 who are identified by public health officials as requiring home care and isolation should be advised to:

  • Limit interaction (petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked or sharing food) with pets and service animals
  • Wash their hands before and after caring for pets and service animals (feeding them, picking up their feces, etc.)
  • Wear a facemask while interacting with pets and service animals until they are medically cleared to return to normal activities.

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