With all the concerns about Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) we are seeing, pet owners may have many questions about the safety of themselves and their pets. Dogs and cats do get coronaviruses, however these strains are different from the current novel Coronavirus and do not cause respiratory signs. Recently a dog in Hong Kong was noted to have a low level infection of Covid-19. But this is no reason to panic. Currently there is no evidence that pets can become sick from the disease or can be a source of infection. The current recommendations are to wash your hands after handling pets and avoid kissing them. If your pet was known to have contact with a person infected with Covid-19, contact your local veterinarian for guidance. For more information on Covid-19, please go to www.cdc.gov.
By: Dr. Jeffrey Steurer, DVM, MS, DACVS