Posted on May 1, 2020

Denistone Veterinary Surgery

We have had some enquiries about pets and the coronavirus pandemic and offer the following advice for our clients. As of the end of April SARS-Cov-2 (which causes the disease known as Covid19 in humans) has been shown to have infected three pet cats, one pet dog, six tigers, three lions and three mink in two mink farms. All these animals showed some signs of illness. In addition to these animals one pet cat and two pet dogs were shown to have been infected but showed no signs of illness.
PCR testing for SARS-Cov-2 (Covid19) is not yet available in Australia and when it is it is likely to be restricted to cases where common infections have already been ruled out and after consultation with human and animal health authorities.
It is believed that human to animal transmission of coronavirus is exceedingly rare and there is no evidence of animal to animal transmission. There is no indication that pets can infect humans nor play any role in the spread of this disease.
Whilst pet owners should always employ good hygiene practices such as hand washing before and after handling their pets and their food, we do not believe there is reason for pet owners to be otherwise concerned. At no stage should pet owners take measures that compromise the welfare of their pets.
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