This area is new to everyone. A lot of the research is coming out but no peer-review was done on any. Peer review is part of the scientific process.
Typically we check and double-check and triple-check research.
IDEXX Lab has been testing pets but certain criteria need to be made:
- Pet is living in a household with a human who has COVID-19 or has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
- Pet has already been tested for more common infections, which a veterinarian has ruled out
- Pet (especially cats and ferrets) is showing clinical signs consistent with COVID-19
What we know now is that we’ve had two cats and two dogs that have been positive, along with that tiger at the Bronx Zoo. At this point, we’re the problem. So they’re not spreading it to us. We’re spreading it to them.
We don’t need to be afraid of our companion animals. They’re a wonderful source of comfort.