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U of A veterinary disease expert offers tips to help protect pets and livestock from possible infection.

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2020

Worried about catching COVID-19 from your cat or dog? You shouldn’t be, says a University of Alberta expert.

While COVID-19 is believed to have originated from some type of animal, the risk of catching the disease is greater from another human than from a pet, said Simon Otto, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor with the U of A’s School of Public Health. 

  How to keep your pets safe from COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips: 

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 six feet from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather...

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