According to the CDC, based on the available information to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. See what the CDC says if you have pets for more information about pets and COVID-19.
Public health experts continue to learn about the virus, but it appears it can spread from people to animals in some situations. The CDC is aware of a zoo tiger testing positive for COVID-19, as well as a small number of pets in the United States – mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. If you have pets, treat them as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible COVID-19 infection.
The CDC does not recommend routine testing for animals, and under no circumstances should pet parents take measures that may compromise their pets’ welfare.
If you're sick with COVID-19 and your pet also becomes sick, call your veterinarian. If your pet tests positive for COVID-19, keep the pet in isolation in the home (away from everyone else, including other pets) until a licensed veterinarian says they can be around other pets and people. Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products, such as hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes, or other industrial or surface cleaners.
Since animals can spread other diseases to people, the CDC always recommends washing your hands after being around animals. For more information, read the CDC's FAQ on COVID-19 and animals. You can also learn more about staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, by visiting the CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.