The tiger infected with the coronavirus in a New York zoo is not the first case of an animal catching Covid-19. There have been cases of a few dogs and cats but the message from veterinarians is very clear: there is no evidence that pets can transmit it; all cases have been the other way around (from human to animal).
However, the Official College of Veterinarians of Malaga recommends, as a precautionary measure, to clean pets' tails and legs, especially paws, with soap and water, or at least with wet wipes, after taking them out.
In addition, after touching them you should always wash your hands and not put them in your eyes, nose or mouth. Those in a high-risk category should also reduce their contact with animals if they go out for walks.
This is because, although pets cannot transmit the virus, it can still land on an animal's skin or on its hair, in the same way in can on objects, lift buttons or shoes.