Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not been reported in domestic animals or wildlife in Australia.
What you should do
- Continue to follow general good hygiene and biosecurity practices when handling animals.
- There is no vaccine available for animals which provides protection against coronavirus (COVID-19).
- If your animal becomes sick, contact your veterinarian for advice.
If you are quarantined or diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Minimise contact with pets and other animals while you are in quarantine or sick, just as you would for people. Where possible, arrange for someone else to mind your pets.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are in quarantine or sick, you should:
- minimise contact with animals
- wash your hands before and after handling animals
- avoid kissing, being licked by, or sharing food with your animals
- prevent your animals from interacting with other people.
- At this stage, there is no need to test animals for coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Follow any further directions by human and animal health authorities.
General hygiene and biosecurity advice
- Wash your hands before and after handling animals.
- Isolate sick animals away from other animals and seek veterinary advice.
- Vaccinate animals and keep their boosters up to date.
- There is no vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) in animals.
- Control worms, fleas, ticks, insects and other pests.
- Clean and disinfect animal equipment regularly, especially before new or young animals are introduced or after any illness.
- Limit visitors to your animals, especially if they have been handling other animals. Make sure they wash their hands and shoes before entering your property, and, if possible, make sure they don’t visit young, old or sick animals.
Pet owners should continue to exercise their pets as part of standard care for their animals.
Horse and pony riding can continue to occur but must be solitary and no organised gatherings of horse riders clubs or pony clubs are to occur. Clubs are closed but the animals still need to be cared for and this includes regular exercise.