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Covid-19, Your Pet & You

The American Veterinary Medical Association is following Covid19 closely after reports that some dogs, cats, and tigers have shown a weak positive result to testing. Covid19 does not appear to be zoonotic (or pass from dogs, cats or tigers to humans). It also does not seem to cause major signs of illness in dogs, cats or tigers. Therefore, hug your pets often and relieve your stress. While you and your family stay close to home, they can provide companionship and lots of fun.

Information from the American Veterinary Medical Association website on this topic is as follows:

"Until more is known about this virus, if you are ill with COVID-19 you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, have another member of your household or business care for any animals, including pets while you are sick. If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, wear a cloth face covering; don’t pet, share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet, service animal, or other animals. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC."

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