OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported its first cases of COVID-19 antibodies in dogs.
In total, 23 dogs who were part of a University of Washington study, tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
While other cases of coronavirus in pets have been reported in the U.S., state officials say these are the first reported cases in Washington.
The Washington State Department of Health recommends that you avoid contact with your pets if you test positive for COVID-19. If no one else can take care of your pets, wear and mask and wash your hands before interacting with them. Call your veterinarian if your pet becomes sick.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading coronavirus to humans.
“These results indicate that COVID-infected humans are able to transmit the virus to animals living in the same household. While we don’t have evidence that this poses a risk to other humans, we are recommending that COVID-infected persons take steps to reduce the risk of infecting their pets,” said Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, Director of the UW Center for One Health Research and Principal Investigator for the COVID and Pets Study.
The University of Washington’s COVID-19 and Pets study began in early 2020, shortly after the pandemic hit Washington.