Can My Pet Get COVID-19?
“Dr. Rannals, can my pet get COVID-19, that new virus? My daughter was worried her dog was going to make her sick.”
New Questions: emerging answers
We’ve had a few questions about whether pets can get or spread the new Coronavirus, called COVID-19. The following are current key points regarding pets and COVID-19 provided by the Texas Animal Health Commission.
Bullet points from the CDC:
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person.
• The CDC is not aware of any companion animals (i.e. household cats and dogs) in the United States infected with SARS-CoV-2. The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City. The CDC is aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States reported to be infected with the virus after close contact with people with COVID-19.
• The CDC does not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread SARS-CoV-2.
• The CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading SARS-CoV-2 in the United States.
• Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by SARS-CoV-2.
At this time, general animal testing for SARS- CoV-2 is not recommended.
In general, animals are currently not being considered for testing unless there are unusual circumstances. It’s possible that this might change as more data comes to us.
We all have to be careful and, to a degree, concerned about this new virus that’s sweeping the world. But for now, let’s not worry about our pets giving it to us or catching it. Call us at the Rannals Small Animal Hospital at 903-839-7235 if you have further questions.
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