Like many other owners, you may be asking what about Coronavirus and my pet? There are a number of new media reports popping up about dogs and cats being infected with the Coronavirus. So here are some summaries and links to reliable sources of current clinical information about COVID-19 and how this relates to companion animals.
Coronavirus and my pet
World Small Animal Veterinary Association COVID-19 Advice
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is posting regular updates about Coronavirus and my pet on their website. Please note the following included in their latest advice dated 3 April 2020:
“It should also be remembered that public health services around the world monitoring the spread of SARS-CoV-2, have again ended this week steadfastly stating that there is no evidence of transmission from companion animals to people. As recommended in our Advisory, however, individuals who know they have COVID-19 should minimize direct contact with their pets to avoid potential transmission.”
WSAVA post regular updates and you can view the latest information on the COVID-19 – Advice and Resources page.
The Australian Veterinary Association
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is another good resource for information about Coronavirus and my pet. The AVA also establishes the latest guidelines for Veterinary practices in NSW and Australia. The Coronavirus (COVID-19): AVA updates page on their website will provide the most recent updates. The AVA also currently states:
“At this stage there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats are a source of infection to other animals or humans. We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.”
Get in touch with your own regular Veterinarian if you still have more questions. They will receive updates from the AVA and will also implement protocols to ensure our pets are safe if they need to go into a Veterinary Practice.
University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney
Local updates about Coronavirus and pets can also be found at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney, (UVTHS) page. They note the following:
“At this stage there is no evidence that pets can play a role in the spread of this human disease, or that they become sick. COVID-19 is an ever-evolving situation, its best to ensure precautionary steps are taken when handling pets.”
And also reiterate that:
“Appropriate hand hygiene practices before and after handling pets is critical.”
It’s reassuring to know that our Vets are considered an essential service during this pandemic. So if you have questions about Coronavirus and my pet, you can reach out to them for advice. Please be patient and kind as they too are working under enormous pressure to ensure that our pets stay safe and receive the best possible care.
We are fortunate to have plenty of good resources to access and the RSPCA Knowledgebase is another great place to find credible information. You can view multiple articles that have been tagged in relation to Coronavirus and my pet. In addition, the RSPCA Knowledgebase is considered one of Australia’s most trusted sources of welfare information for companion and other animals. Here you can find comprehensive advice on a range of matters relating to a variety of species.
American Veterinary Medical Association
In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) also provides regular updates and comprehensive information about Coronavirus and my pet. Included in their summary of key information is the following:
“There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill with COVID-19 in the United States. At this point in time, there is also no evidence that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, can spread COVID-19 to people.”
In addition, the AVMA also provides a number of resources for veterinary practices and pet owners to access via their website.
Take care and stay safe
These are challenging times for everyone. The situation in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic changes daily and we are all having to adjust, as are our pets with many humans now bunkered down at home! I urge you to take care and stay safe wherever you may be. And when it comes to the Coronavirus and my pet, only use reliable resources to inform your decisions or speak to your regular Veterinarian about your concerns.
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