The EU Commission has produced a document, which FECAVA and FVE helped to draft, answering key questions about the role of both domestic and farmed animals in the transmission of Covid-19.

The main take-home conclusion, we are pleased to report, is that the risk of exposure and subsequent infection in households is considered low for cats, ferrets and hamsters, and very low for dogs, and negligible for birds and reptiles.

Some isolated cases of dogs and cats being infected by humans have been seen, but there is no current scientific evidence of dogs or cats playing a significant role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2 to humans. Also regarding pet food, there has been no evidence of transmission of  Covid-19 to animals via pet food.