Coronavirus & Pets: Can They Get It, Spread It?

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So what about the tiger at the Bronx zoo who tested positive?

"Now that said if you are cocooning, if you feel like you're at a high risk, I mean just keep your cat in if you want to minimise the risk".

It is believed the big cat was infected by a staff member who was not showing symptoms yet.

"It's both interesting and not terribly surprising in the sense that with the original SARS epidemic, civet cats were implicated as one of the vectors that may have transmitted virus to humans", he said.

Weitzman, Gibbings and other experts say there are no reports of COVID-19 cases involving pets in the U.S.

Can pets contract coronavirus and if so can they spread it to other animals or to humans? "Hong Kong agriculture authorities concluded that pet dogs and cats couldn't pass the virus to human beings but could test positive if exposed by their owner". The study is based on research conducted in China during the months of January and February a Reuters report said.

The Norfolk Animal Care Center is urging residents to take time now to make a plan for your pet in case you get sick. And what that clearly shows us is that this virus is being transmitted on very infrequent occasions to animals.

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While the agency already offers pet food banks, free vet clinics, and other programs during the year to support struggling pet parents, the need right now is "extraordinary", says Marieke van der Velden, outreach specialist for the BC SPCA.

A new study finds that cats are highly susceptible to contracting COVID-19.

"There doesn't appear to be, at this time, any evidence that suggests that the animals can spread the virus to people or that they can be a source of the infection in the United States", Dr. Jane Rooney, a veterinarian and a USDA official, said in an interview. If your pet requires hands-on care you should wash your hands before touching them and wear a face mask if possible. No human kits are even allowed to be used in a veterinary setting.

All experiments were performed in biosafety level 4 facilities, following protocols for animal welfare.

These viruses are in the same family as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is now spreading across the globe; but the researchers said the newbies aren't closely related genetically to SARS-CoV-2 or to the two other coronaviruses that cause severe infections in humans - severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which caused the 2002-2003 pandemic, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

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