Steps to take if pet owner becomes sick


Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it could possibly spread between animals and folks.

If you’ve got monkeypox, it is best to avoid contact together with your pets and wildlife to stop spreading the virus. It may well spread through close contact including, petting, cuddling, hugging, licking, sharing sleeping areas and sharing food.

When you can, have a friend or member of the family who lives in a unique home take the pets and take care of them until the person with monkeypox recovers. After the person with monkeypox has recovered, you’ll must disinfect your house before bringing the animals back. Click here for a guide with details about find out how to disinfect your house.

It’s value noting that while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sharing information and urging people to take precautions, it also said there haven’t been any reports yet of individuals transmitting the virus to animals.


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What to do in case your pet is exposed to monkeypox?

In case your pet has had close contact with a symptomatic person with monkeypox, they must be kept at home and away from other animals and folks for 21 days. Infected people shouldn’t take care of exposed pets.

People who find themselves immunocompromised, pregnant, have young children present (under 8 years old), or have a history of atopic dermatitis or eczema shouldn’t take care of animals which have had close contact with an individual with monkeypox.

What’s the danger for dogs and cats?

The whole range of animal species that may contract monkeypox isn’t well-known, and the CDC remains to be gathering more information.

It’s unknown if dogs and cats can get the virus, but they could be infected with other orthopoxviruses, in order that they could also be prone to monkeypox infection. Hedgehogs and shrews could be infected with monkeypox.


TypeMight be infected with monkeypox?Might be infected with other orthopoxviruses?
Domestic rabbitsAdults: possiblyYes
Guinea pigsUnknownYes

Click here to view the CDC’s full list.

What to do if no one else can take care of your pet

When you’re not in a position to find an acceptable place on your pet to remain whilst you get well from monkeypox, there are some steps you possibly can take to guard them.

Ensure that you wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand rub, before and after caring for them. It’s essential to cover any skin rash as best you possibly can, wear gloves and wear a well-fitting mask or respirator while caring on your pets.

The CDC makes the next recommendations:

  • Don’t put a mask in your pet.

  • Avoid close contact together with your pet.

  • Ensure your pet cannot inadvertently come into contact with contaminated articles in the house akin to clothing, sheets and towels utilized by the person with monkeypox.

  • Don’t let animals come into contact with rashes, bandages and body fluids.

  • Ensure food, toys, bedding or other items that you simply provide on your animal during its isolation don’t are available direct contact with skin or uncovered rash.

Read: Monkeypox vaccine in Michigan: Must you get vaccinated? How does it work?

What to do in case your pet has monkeypox symptoms

The CDC said it doesn’t know all of the symptoms that animals infected with monkeypox can have.


The organization said to look at out for lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, nasal secretions or crust, bloating, fever and/or a pimple- or blister-like skin rash.

Call your veterinarian in the event you notice an animal becomes sick inside 21 days of getting contact with a one that has probable or confirmed monkeypox. A veterinarian may also help notify officials.

The CDC said it is best to not euthanize pets with suspected monkeypox unless directed by a veterinarian. Don’t wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants including alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products akin to hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes, or other industrial or surface cleaners.

The CDC recommends the next steps:

  • Get your pet tested in the event that they have had close contact with an individual with probable or confirmed monkeypox and so they have a latest rash or two other clinical signs. Call your veterinarian in the event you notice an animal appears sick inside 21 days of getting contact with a one that has probable or confirmed monkeypox.

  • Separate the sick pet or animal from other animals and minimize direct contact with people for a minimum of 21 days after becoming sick or until fully recovered.

  • Wash your hands often and use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for and cleansing up after sick animals. PPE includes wearing gloves, using eye protection (safety glasses, goggles, or face shield), wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator (ideally a disposable NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator) and wearing a disposable gown.

  • Bedding, enclosures, food dishes and every other items in direct contact with infected animals should be properly disinfected.

  • Soiled laundry and bedding (including disposable rodent bedding) shouldn’t be shaken or otherwise handled in a fashion that will disperse infectious particles.

Suggestions for disposing of pet waste

The CDC suggests people should contact their local public health department for guidelines for waste disposal.

It did list the next precautions:

  • Use a dedicated, lined trash can for all potentially contaminated waste.

  • Don’t leave or eliminate waste outdoors as Monkeypox virus infections in wildlife may occur.

  • If appropriate for the species and your plumbing system, flush animal waste down the bathroom.

  • If the waste can’t be flushed down the bathroom, it must be sealed in a bag and disposed of properly to stop more infections.

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