If you're concerned about your pet and the 2019 novel Coronavirus, you are not alone. Considering this is still a relatively new virus, there are many questions left unanswered. Daily, we learn more about the way it affects humans. Arguably, the search for vaccination in humans is a priority right now, so our animal companions lack updated information. First, let's look at the coronavirus in general. There are already common coronaviruses in humans, cats, and dogs. Some are as mild as a common cold. Some can mutate into a more severe illness like FIP in cats. The typical coronavirus in pets is not the same thing as COVID-19.
What we know right now - dogs and cats can get COVID-19. The first case diagnosed in the United States was a Malaysian tiger at The Bronx Zoo. Since then, four more tigers and three lions tested positive at the same zoo. Health Care officials believe the virus jumped from an asymptomatic zookeeper. The cats transmitted between other cats. Like people, the cats exhibited a dry cough and lack of appetite.
Buddy, a seven-year-old German Shepherd in New York, tested positive for COVID-19 in late May this year. Buddy's owner started exhibiting symptoms in April, and Buddy presented with a dry cough and breathing trouble shortly after that. Underlying conditions-most likely lymphoma-caused his decline. He passed away in July. As of June 11, twenty-five pets tested positive for COVID-19.
What should you do if you are concerned that your pet has COVID-19?
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