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Coronavirus advice from the WSAVA

Today we have had several calls regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and pets. Here is some information from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Please share

Can COVID-19 infect pets?Currently there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19.

If my pet has been in contact with someone who is sick from COVID-19, can it spread the disease to other people?While we do not yet know for sure, there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread it.

  1. Importantly, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets such as dogs and cats,can become infected with COVID-19.No vaccines are currently available in any market for respiratory coronavirus infection in the dog. [Information from the WSAVAVaccination Guidelines Group].What is the WSAVA’s response to reports that a dog has been ‘infected’ with COVID-19 in Hong Kong?Reports from Hong Kong on February 28, indicated that the pet dog of an infected patient had tested ‘weakly positive’to COVID-19 after routine testing.The Hong Kong SAR Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has reported that the dog, which is showing no relevant clinical signs, has been quarantined and further samples will be collected to confirm if the dog is actually infected with the virus, or if the test result has been caused by environmental contamination. The AFCD’s website further states that it‘does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people’

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