Coronavirus: CDC adjusts pet social distancing guidelines if you test positive for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have changed the recommendations if you are a pet owner who tests positive for COVID-19.

There have been very few cases of pets testing positive for the coronavirus. Most recently a pug in North Carolina was the first in the U.S. Three of the four members of the dog's family had COVID-19 last month., CNN reported.

The pug, Winston, had a cough for one or two days and he didn't eat breakfast one morning when the McLean family members were sick. Heather McLean said the dog licks things and spends more time around the family than their other dog and cat, both of which tested negative, CNN reported.

There were also two dogs in Hong Kong that tested positive and also had owners who had the virus, but neither animal showed symptoms, according to the American Kennel Club.

Two pet cats in New York also tested positive, both showing mild respiratory issues, but only one lived with a person who tested positive for coronavirus, the other lived with a person who showed no signs, the CDC said.

So how can you keep you and your pets healthy amid the pandemic?

The CDC said to treat them as you would treat human family members.

Practice social distancing with them, meaning keep them away from people and pets who do not live in your house. Keep cats inside if possible. Walk dogs on a leash keeping the 6-foot spacing and avoid dog parks and public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

If you contract the coronavirus, restrict contact with your pets. Have someone else take care of the pet while you are sick. Avoid contact with the animal. Avoid “petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.” If you have no other help, then wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Finally, if you are sick, and your pet becomes sick, don’t take your pet to the veterinarian yourself. Give them a call and tell them that you are sick. The vets may have telemedicine options and can figure out the next steps for your pet’s care.

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