We are aware of continual developments regarding COVID-19 and the question of transmission to/from pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there is no evidence that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, can spread COVID-19 to people. There have also been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill with the virus in the US.
Below are some statements made by the AVMA regarding animals:
- None of the dogs or cats determined to be positive showed signs of illness consistent with COVID-19. The two dogs and one cat lived closely with one or more people with a confirmed diagnosis and clinical symptoms of COVID-19.
- No conclusions can responsibly be drawn regarding the cat in Belgium because of questions surrounding collection and analysis of samples for testing for SARS-CoV-2 and the absence of an evaluation of that cat for other, more common causes for its clinical signs.
- The tiger was said to be exposed via contact with a zoo employee who was actively shedding virus, and some other large cats at the zoo that were apparently housed in proximity did exhibit signs of respiratory disease, but are expected to recover.
From IDEXX Laboratories on 3/13/2020 (note: Idexx is a global leader in laboratory testing and who we currently use for our laboratory tests)
- The company has seen no positive results in pets to date of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) respiratory outbreak in humans.
- IDEXX evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for the COVID-19 virus. The specimens used for test development and validation were obtained from specimens submitted to IDEXX Reference Laboratories for PCR testing.
- These new test results align with the current expert understanding that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person and supports the recommendation against testing pets for the COVID-19 virus.
- For dogs or cats presenting with respiratory signs, the recommendation is to contact a veterinarian to test for more common respiratory pathogens.
Please remember that we are continuing to practice curbside service. We ask that you remain in your car and call upon arrival and a staff member will assist you. We have seen an increase in call volumes and wait times, even with normal tasks, so please be patient while we do our best to continue serving you (and our staff get their steps in!).
All information taken from the American Veterinary Medical Association and Idexx Laboratories websites.