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Corona Virus (COVID-19)—Can My Pet Get it?

Corona Virus (COVID-19)—Can My Pet Get it?

Can my pet get the coronavirus?  As of right now, the World Health Organization states that there are no reported cases of dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, or any other pet having the corona virus. Idexx, the large veterinary reference laboratory has conducted testing that proves pets cannot get the corona virus.

However, pets can spread the virus.  If a sick person coughs on a dog or cat and a healthy person touches the dog, the healthy person has been exposed to the virus.  The virus can survive for up to several days on surfaces, including pet fur.

Pets can get viruses that cause respiratory symptoms, like Bordetella (kennel cough) or canine influenza.  Cats can also get respiratory “colds,” which may have a viral or bacterial cause.  If your pet is sick, please call Pet Vet Family Pet Care Center to schedule an appointment.

Be sure to practice social distancing and keeping your pets at least 6 feet away from other humans or other pets.  If you have any questions, please call us.

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