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COVID-19 and Pets' Updates

COVID-19 and Pets' Updates

Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York

Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York
Washington, D.C. April 22, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.
The cats live in two separate areas of New York state. Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
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CURRENT CDC recommendations if you have pets.

CURRENT CDC recommendations if you have pets.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect humans.

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The CDC now recommends social distancing for pets

The CDC now recommends social distancing for pets
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York State.
In the wake of that announcement, the CDC now recommends that pet owners follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as with human family members.
From the CDC website: “Treat pets as you would other human family members—do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.”
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USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York
(Washington, D.C. April 5, 2020) – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York. This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness.
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Why a dog testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the US isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Why a dog testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the US isn’t necessarily a bad thing
A pet dog in North Carolina is believed to be the first dog in the US to have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the New York Times reports.
The mother, father, and son of the family who own the dog—a pug named Winston—tested positive for COVID-19, according to local news channel WRAL. Both parents are health-care workers who were likely exposed to the infection while at work.
The mother told WRAL that Winston had shown mild symptoms, explaining, “Pugs are a little unusual in that they cough and sneeze in a very strange way. So it almost seems like he was gagging, and there was one day when he didn’t want to eat his breakfast, and if you know pugs you know they love to eat, so that seemed very unusual.”
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