What do we know about COVID-19 and pets?

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Earlier this week, it emerged a tiger had tested positive for Covid-19 at a zoo in NY.

The big cats are all expected to recover.

The detection of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the tiger is interesting, because it appears to be an example of the transmission from humans to tiger - a very rare event.

But none of the pets involved became seriously ill with Covid-19.

Dr. Decaestecker said that in many cases there would be no reason to remove pets from homes even if COVID-19 has been identified in members of the household, unless there is risk that the pet itself is not able to be cared for appropriately. At the broader, species level, "We can find virus fragments in the stomach or aerial pathways in dogs, but this could also be the virus... of the sick owner in close contact with the dog", Dr. Decaestecker noted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is now no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets.

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"As understanding about this new coronavirus deepens, our professional community and pet owners are fortunate to be guided by several highly respected human and animal health organizations", said Jennifer Ogeer, BSc., DVM, MSc., MBA, MA, VP Medical Affairs & Commercial Marketing at Antech.

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Dogs, chickens, pigs and ducks are not likely to catch the virus, however, the researchers found.

"Animals are such an important part of our lives, and we want to do everything we can to keep people and pets together", she says.

"Should my diagnostic lab at Penn Vet be testing cats for presence of this virus, or for antibodies that show me that they've been exposed, when there's a hospital right down the street that needs those tests for sick humans?" she asked. Nevertheless it's attainable for animals to behave as fomites (objects or supplies that may carry an infection on their floor like a cell phone or a door deal with) so contact with individuals who don't stay in the identical family must also be averted. In accordance with the OIE (World Group for Animal Well being), the primary route of transmission of COVID-19 is from human to human. That information will allow your veterinarian to take adequate precautions.

However, if you live alone, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after interacting with your pets.

But he hopes the finding can contribute to the global fight against the virus that causes COVID-19.

The animal welfare agency has instituted new protocols for its pet food banks to ensure social distancing and biosecurity measures are in place.

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