The latest animal to test positive to COVID-19 was a tiger at a New York Zoo.
Bringing the today number of animals infected with COVID-19 (outside of experimental studies) to 5 – 2 dogs, 2 normal sized cats, and 1 really big cat – compared to 1.5 million humans.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 may infect animals, domestic and exotic, but at the moment THERE IS STILL NO EVIDENCE THAT ANIMALS CAN SPREAD COVID-19 TO HUMANS.
So, applying common sense, if you have COVID-19, or if you are feeling unwell at all – try and limit your time around your pets (AND DEFINITELY DONT GO NEAR OTHER PEOPLES PETS). If your pets are unwell, and you have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms, make sure you tell your Vet BEFORE YOUR PET IS BROUGHT TO THE CLINIC.
And use good personal hygiene – don’t kiss your pets, don’t sneeze on your pets, don’t wipe your nose on your pets (or other peoples pets), and wash your hands – for 2 happy birthdays.
Stay safe this easter everyone!
Dr Robbie Anderton BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)