LATEST COVID-19 INFO: Last Updated 12/02/20
From The Washington Post 12/2/20: Data indicates that domestic cats — and to an even lesser extent, dogs — that are infected don’t typically become diseased, according to Jim Lowe, who directs the online learning center for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. “It’s fairly clear today that cats and dogs [can become] infected with SARS-CoV-2 but they don’t appear to shed at a level high enough to infect people,” Lowe told The Post, adding the family pet need not be relegated to the literal doghouse for the rest of the pandemic.
More information about the virus will appear as it becomes available. For the most up-to-date reliable information please consult the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For more information about COVID-19 and pets:
For Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#COVID-19-and-Animals
For a downloadable Factsheet: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Factsheet: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Pets (cdc.gov)
According to the CDC: "We are still learning about the virus that causes COVID-19, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
Infected pets might get sick or they might not have any symptoms. Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered."
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2020-03/coronavirus-update-pets-are-safe-.-.-.-but-wash-your-hands/
The Tufts website: https://vet.tufts.edu/latest-updates-from-cummings-school-and-tufts-university/
State of MA COVID-19 info: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
The American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
The College of Veterinary Medicine in Illinois: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/coronavirus-pets/
The World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
Veterinary Partner (a trusted source of pet health info): https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=9548687
Boston West Veterinary ER: https://bostonwest.ethosvet.com/our-blogs/blog-post/?blog-id=15195