Important to know
The current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human to human transmission. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to date, there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19. For the most up to date information on this rapidly evolving situation, please refer to the OIE or WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) websites.
Healthy and happy together
Scientific evidence demonstrates that pets can provide tangible health benefits - physical and emotional - to their owners. Pets can help us cope during these times.*
Studies have also shown that animals can act as 'stress buffers'. They often ease the distress associated with anxiety-provoking experiences, and help decrease our perception of physical and emotional pain.*
*Source: Waltham Human Animal Interaction Playbook
April 8th 2020