We understand there are many questions surrounding your pet’s health right now and it is important to us that we provide you with as many answers as we can. The following information was provided by Midvalley Animal Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Can Dogs Get COVID-19?
Based on what we know currently, there is no evidence to support any risk of COVID-19 passing to or from your pet. However, if your pet is experiencing any signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, labored breathing, diarrhea, lethargy, etc.) please call your veterinarian immediately. As you should at any time your pet is sick, avoid taking them outside for trips to dog parks, grooming, or other public places where other animals are to prevent the spread of any disease. While we are not worried your pet may have coronavirus or any other contagious disease to you, there are many other bacterial and viral infections that your pet can have (kennel cough, canine flu virus, heart disease, etc.) that may require treatment.
Do We Recommend Testing Your Pets for COVID-19?
At this time, there are no COVID-19 tests available to the veterinary industry. Testing pets for COVID-19 is unwarranted as there is currently no indication that apparently healthy and unexposed pets should be tested for the virus.
Where Can You Get More Information About COVID-19?
You can get the latest information from these reputable sources:
- World Small Animal Veterinary Association: Coronavirus & Companion Animals Advice
- World Organization for Animal Health (OIE): Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
If you are otherwise healthy and your pet is due for routine care (annual exams, vaccines, dental cleanings, nail trims, or any other non-urgent appointments), your veterinarian may recommend postponing your appointment to a later date.
The contents on this page are for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have regarding COVID-19 or any other medical condition.
The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for qualified professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.