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June 5 2020

Testing Positive for COVID-19: Two Cats and One Dog in the U.S.

Two additional cats turn out to be positive for COVID-19 caused by the novel corona virus, SARS-CoV-2, one cat in Carver County, MN and a second in Springfield, IL. Both homes have in common at least one person sick with COVID-19. While very rare, it’s obviously possible that cats can get the virus. Two other…

May 25 2020

Latest on Pets and COVID-19; Raising Money to Learn About Heart Disease in Cats on WGN Radio

Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer of North American Veterinary Community, has been updating her colleagues regarding COVID-19 and pets, on Steve Dale’s Pet World HERE on WGN radio she updates all of you. She answers the big questions: Do pets get COVID-19? Can they give COVID-19 to one another? Can they give COVID-19 to us?…

May 10 2020

The Pandemic Could Have Been Avoided: Blame Wet Markets

I am saddened by the division happening in America. Historically, after national (or international) tragedies, our leadership and our collected patriotism typically brings us together, as political affiliation in these times becomes irrelevant. To be sure, there’s been some of that. However, there are millions of Americans who actually believe the novel corona virus is…

April 22 2020

COVID-19 Update: Cats, Small and Large

Two domestic cats have tested positive for SARS CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) in New York City, the first companion animals to test positive in the U.S. These cats have mild respiratory signs, and are expected to easily make a full recovery. Both cats came from different households. One home with a COVID-19 individual, and the…

April 12 2020

Therapy Animal Coalition Goes Virtual

Among those out of work are therapy animals, as it’s considered too much of a risk to for the handler to bring the animal to a nursing home, hospital or rehab center – and schools aren’t even open to visit. The Therapy Animal Coalition is a Florida-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting organizations such as Mayo Clinic,…

April 11 2020

Planet is Getting a Breath of Fresh Air As a Result of the Pandemic

How can there be a silver lining to a pandemic? Maybe in some crazy way, it was planet earth offering a warning shot. And the good news, surprising even to many scientists, is how quickly the planet and wildlife who we share the planet with are responding.   The cloud of nitrogen dioxide that was…

April 11 2020

Veterinarian Offers One Health Solution to COVID-19 Spread on Faroe Islands

Veterinarians – and one health – may save the day! Or at least helped on the Faroe Islands – where there have – so far – been no deaths as a result of COVID-19.  You may suggest, well the Faroe Islands has so few people. True enough, only 61,000 or so residents. But scientists credit…

April 10 2020

Mounting Evidence COVID-19 Infection Isn’t Common in Pets

Antech Diagnostics announces in the press release (below) that in their surveillance of cat and dog samples, they could not find a single positive pet for SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The release doesn’t say, but I know they tested nearly 1,000 animals. This follows similar testing by IDEXX, another diagnostic lab, of well over that…

April 7 2020

AVMA, WSAVA and WOAH All Weigh In On COVID-19 and Pets

If you are seeking the most up to date and comprehensive information regarding COVID-19 and our pets, or those big cats testing positive at the Bronx Zoo, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) covers it all. Updates are offered as needed on their website. Not as well known to many pet parents is the World…

April 1 2020

Cat in Hong Kong Tests Positive for COVID-19

According to the Hong Kong Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), a cat has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This follows testing of two “weak positive” dogs. Same as the case with the dogs, the owner was confirmed with COVID-19. Also, same as the instance with the dogs, this cat has showed no signs…

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