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LATEST COVID-19 INFO: Last Updated 6/4/2020
The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced 6/2/20 the first confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in a pet dog (German shepherd) in New York state. This is the first dog in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.
The dog is expected to make a full recovery. One of the dog's owners tested positive for COVID-19. A second dog in the household has shown no signs of illness; however, antibodies were also identified in that dog, suggesting exposure.
At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended. We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus.
For more information about COVID-19 and animals and recommendations for pet owners, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/animals/pets-other-animals.html
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
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA): https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2020-03/coronavirus-update-pets-are-safe-.-.-.-but-wash-your-hands/
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 (AVMA): 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