PETS and COVID-19—An UPDATE

The latest headlines note that two cats with mild respiratory signs have tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 infections.  On the surface, this breaking news could be concerning, so we want to address it straight away.  Two key points should be remembered:

  1. Pets testing positive is a rare event.  While the number of infections in humans is approaching 2.5 million worldwide, there has only been one dog, several tigers, and now a couple of cats who have been confirmed to have the virus.
  2. None of the world’s infectious disease experts have found any evidence that pets transmit the disease to humans.

So, there is no cause for alarm, but given the confusing twists and turns this pandemic has caused, a bit of caution and some common sense care are in order.

  1. It is a good idea to minimize your pet’s exposure to other pets and to other humans— Our pets should practice social distancing just like us.
  2. If you are sick, you should not only avoid humans, you should avoid your pets as well—just to be safe.

Now, more than ever, our pets are providing us great comfort as we deal with the stress of the pandemic.  Please know that we understand how important our family pet members are to you, and to all of us.  We are committed to providing for the medical needs of all our patients, whether remotely through telemedicine, or with curbside care at our hospitals.  We will get through these tough times together.

Click here to see  How to Safely Interact with Your Pet During COVID-19.

For more information, please see these links regarding pets and Covid-19:

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/sars-cov-2-animals-including-pets

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/interim-guidance-managing-people-in-home-care-and-isolation-who-have-pets.html

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