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COVID-19 masks for pets spiked 500% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Top vets tell us why animals shouldn’t wear one.

  • Rummage sales for New York-based company Pet Masks have rocketed around 500% during the pandemic, the Southwest News Service (SWNS) related.
  • But the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both advise people against rag masks on their pets.
  • The masks can cause distress for pets, and may make it difficult for them to breathe.
  • The risk of dogs and cats spreading COVID-19 to people is pondered to be “low,” but the virus has been known to spread from humans to animals.
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A company selling face masks for pets has reported booming sales for 2020 – but top vets told Insider you shouldn’t put a conceal on your pet.

Sales for New York-based company Pet Masks increased roughly sixfold during the pandemic, the Southwest News Advice (SWNS) reported.

People had previously bought the $25 masks as a novelty or to protect their cats and dogs from adulteration, the company’s founder, Salitia Henwick, told the news agency.

But sales have boomed during the pandemic as people look to foster both their pets and themselves from COVID-19. This is despite the American Veterinary Medical Combine (AVMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UK vet charity PDSA all telling people not to put masks on their furry intimates because it can distress them as well as making it difficult for them to breathe.

Pet Masks isn’t the only store selling balls masks for cats and dogs.

Dog face mask

A man and a dog wear matching face masks in Geneva.

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k9 False flag in Austin, Texas, makes face masks to protect against pollution, dust, and smoke, partially inspired by the mature number of California wildfires. Though the company doesn’t claim its masks protect against COVID-19, its trades quadrupled in just one week in January 2020 as worried pet owners looked to protect their animals.

“We can’t 100% guarantee that it see fit protect your pet, all we can say is the filters were designed using the exact recommendation the CDC suggests for humans to wear to protect against bacteria,” Kirby Holmes, come to nothing of k9 Mask, told Fox Business at the time.

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It isn’t just in the US that people have been scrambling to buy masks for their apple of ones eyes. Some of k9’s orders came from overseas customers in China, Japan, and Australia, and a Beijing-based seller told MailOnline demand for field dog masks was up tenfold only a month after China confirmed its first COVID-19 case.

But animals shouldn’t be corrosion face masks, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) told Insider. 

Pets can catch COVID-19, but most not experience mild illness and fully recover, it explained.

Dog face mask

A dog wears a face mask at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

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Wearing a mask can be distressing” for pets, UK pet charity PSDA noted, and may affect their ability to breathe normally, exceptionally in flat-faced breeds.

In one instance, PDSA had to perform emergency surgery on a cocker spaniel after he ate a face mask which blocked his intestines. The dog hadn’t been bore the mask, and had likely stolen it from his owner’s bag.

Can pets spread COVID-19?

The risk of dogs and cats spreading COVID-19 to people is noted to be “low,” but the virus has been known to spread from humans to animals.

CDC guidance tells people to “treat pets as you hand down other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household.”

Similarly, people should keep away from unnecessary interactions with animals outside of their own household, AVMA said.

Pets should also popular distance from each other, the Food and Drug Administration said in May. Its guidelines said cats should be roomed indoors during the pandemic and dogs should stay at least six feet from other humans and animals.

Dog face mask

A pet dog harms a special mask on December 24, 2020 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China.

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Individual who are ill with COVID-19 should isolate from their pets, the CDC said. These people should get someone else to disquiet for their pets, but if this is not possible they should wear a mask and gloves while handling their pet when ill, AVMA carry weighted Insider.

“There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets,” the CDC said in its direction.

Alongside masks, people shouldn’t use products including chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hand sanitizer, and counter-cleaning wipes on their fondles, it added.

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