I am not a doctor nor a veterinarian, nor do I pretend to play one on the radio, but now pop culture's currently most adored animal and the world's biggest pandemic to date have suddenly become one story.

Four tigers at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19.

This revelation leads me to many questions like, who was able to get close enough to the beast and infect them without ending up lunch? What does that mean for our pets?

According to the Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine,

"To protect other people and yourself, the CDC recommends that you restrict contact with pets if you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would limit your communication with other people. Avoid snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must interact with your pet, wash your hands before and after, and wear a face mask."

I know that might be hard for Mainers who love their pets, but if you are positive and you love your furry companion, do not put them at risk.