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Could the New Coronavirus Affect Your Pet?

by Angela Hickey | 2 min read

February 28th, 2020

Corona viruses are a large group of viruses of the family Coronaviridae. These viruses circulate in a range of animals and may sometimes spill over into the human population due to mutations, such as with MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Once these viruses  infect humans,  they spread by human to human contact.

Currently,  discussions on the new COVID – 19 outbreak  are widespread across media; but is there any information on whether it can  affect your pet?

Can a pet become infected with the new Coronavirus?

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has stated that there is currently no evidence that pets can be infected with this new Coronavirus. However, they stress that this is a rapidly evolving situation and that information will be updated as it becomes available, and that there is no evidence that domestic dogs or cats are carriers of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help get a better understanding of the concerns and answer pet owner’s questions during this time, the WSAVA have provided the following Frequently Asked Questions for vets to help them to answer questions about pets and this new virus.

If you have any further queries about this virus and your pet contact your local vet for information and guidance.

About the author

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Angela Hickey

Allianz in-house vet and qualified psychotherapist.