As a veterinarian, I’ve been asked more than once recently about coronavirus in our pets. Here’s a link to some information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) about Coronavirus and pets (published February 28, 2020). If you don’t want to read the article, the bottom line is that the AVMA does not think our pets are at risk for contracting OR spreading COVID-19. So no, we do NOT need to worry about putting protective masks on our household pets (and believe it or not, I have been asked about that too). Animals DO have their own coronaviruses and these are NOT new. FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is a coronavirus that’s been around a very long time. I remember learning about canine intestinal coronavirus in veterinary school back in the early to mid 1980s.