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Corona Virus and your Pets

With the Covid19 Coronavirus in the headlines on a daily basis, we recognise that there are questions around animal transmission of this disease.

The World Organisation for Animal Health states that “There is no evidence that companion animals, such as dogs and cats, play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick.” 

There have been no known cases of any equine testing positive for Covid-19, but if you have small animals such as cats or dogs, we recommend following advice from the CDC:

If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (see link below) recommends that you restrict contact with your pets, just like you would with humans, as a precautionary measure until more information is known about this virus. If you must care for your pet while sick, it has been recommended that you wash your hands before and after any interaction with your pet and wear a facemask, just as a precaution.

In the very unlikely event that your pet shows clinical signs, please ring your small animal veterinary practice as soon as possible for further advice, before taking your pet in to the practice.

Please see the link HERE for information from the World Organisation for Animal Health and HERE for advice from the CDC.

(updated 11.03.2020)