Update on COVID in Pets

So far, the CDC has no new confirmed infections to report beyond the two cats in the NYC areas.  They did issue guidance to veterinarians on May 12th.  For your information, and to be sure that if your pet is sick and you live in a high-risk area you get testing for your pet from your vet, an excerpt from the report is included below.

Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals. Clinical signs thought to be compatible with SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, lethargy, sneezing, nasal/ocular discharge, vomiting, and diarrhea.

I find it encouraging that no additional instances of human to animal transmission have been reported.  Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and continue to stay safe and alert.


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