Update On COVID-19 in Dogs and Cats

In September, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published an update on SARS-COV-2 in dogs and cats. The following is a synopsis of their findings:

Twelve dogs and 10 cats have been confirmed infected with the SARS-COV-2 in the U.S. All animals with confirmed infections were exposed to people with known or likely COVID-19 infections according to the USDA.

The predominant clinical sign was respiratory disease. All these animals showed evidence of severe underlying conditions. Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered low.

For further information, please see this page on CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html.

Paws and Claws Column:

By Dr. Frank Lavac


He can be reached at his office at VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital, 310-828-4587.


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