Covid and my Pet

By May 1, 2020 covid

Can my cat or dog get COVID-19?

As of now, researchers have no evidence that dogs can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, two cats in New York State became the first pets to test positive for COVID-19. Because of this, the CDC has now put forth a new set of recommendations in order to keep both your pets safe.

How do I keep my pets safe?

Until we know more about coronavirus as related to your pets, we stand behind the CDC’s recommendations for the following:

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
  • Wash your hands after contact with pets
What should I do if I suspect my cat has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?

For the time being, it’s best to make an appointment with us if the pet is having any of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Temperature
Is there a test my pet can take for COVID-19?

Yes, currently Cornell University has created a test called SARS-CoV-2. In rare cases where all three of the specific criteria below are met, this test offers veterinarians the opportunity to bring pet owners the peace of mind that their pet is negative, or should they test positive, the ability to intervene and provide their patient with highest standard of care.

  • Pet is living in a household with a human who has COVID-19 or has tested positive for the coronavirus
  • Pet has already been tested for more common infections, which a veterinarian has ruled out
  • Pet is showing clinical signs consistent with COVID-19

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