Should my pet wear a face mask in public?

By Chris Jackson on April 13, 2020
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That’s our pet chihuahua, Princess. No, she’s not a puppy–she’s 16 years old! She loves to go outside, as long as there is safe distancing – we make sure there’s waaaaay over 6 feet. Sometimes she walks her humans at night, thinking that there’ll be fewer people out, but then it turns out others have thought of that too – so really daytime is just as good a time. She loves walking along Vasona Lake  and the Los Gatos Creek Trail (as do lots of people), but that’s out until it’s safe.

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Vets are saying that our pets should not wear face masks out in public–that face masks may not protect our pets from disease transmission and may cause other breathing difficulties.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association and the CDC recommend that anyone sick with COVID-19 should keep separated from household pets and other animals while sick with COVID-19, just like they would with other people.  Those sick with COVID-19 should avoid contact with pets–including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If they must care for their pets or be around animals while sick, they should wash their hands before and after they interact with pets.

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Remember: N95 respirators, and any other medical-grade face masks (such as surgical face masks), should be reserved for human medical personnel only, as ordered by the Surgeon General of the United States. N95 masks, when properly fitted and worn, are the only masks that will block transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.

Also: CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.


Stay home; stay safe, and rock on ~

– Chris Jackson