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COVID-19 and Pets

Information continues to change regarding COVID-19 and how it affects pets. In March, SICSA’s Medical Director, Dr Joyce Voss, found that COVID-19 cannot live on animal hair. It was also believed that pets could not get sick from COVID-19.

Fast forward to last week, and new information continues to come out. Two pet cats in New York, one of the hardest hit areas from this pandemic, have tested positive for COVID-19. While neither lives in a household with any residents confirmed positive with COVID-19, it is not clear if the owners were mildly ill or asymptomatic. It is possible the cats may have contracted it outside the home. Both of these cats have mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery.

It is best to have a COVID-19 Pet Preparedness Plan in place to ensure your pet’s health and safety in case of an emergency, We are attaching a PDF that has information on how to create that plan, as well as a printable card you can fill out and hang in your window.

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