CDC recommends social distancing for pets

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The Center for Disease Control has released new guidelines on how to interact with pets amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC says although there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading in COVID-19, they should be treated like humans.

Here is the full list of guidelines.

- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

“Social distancing applies to your pets too,” Veterinary Specialist Dr. Melissa Salgado told ABC News. “They are at risk of developing this disease so it’s best to err on the side of caution.”

IDEXX Labs, a veterinary service company, has tested 5,000 horses, dogs and cats with respiratory symptoms and all tests have been negative.