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Information on Animals in Regards to COVID-19

Many animal owners have been concerned about the possibility of their animals contracting COVID-19. Dr. Jane Sykes, an internal medicine specialist with special interest in infectious diseases, and the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has conducted several media interviews recently to discuss the subject. We will continue to update this page with more media on pets and COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. Both UC Davis and the American Veterinary Medical Association have FAQ pages for pet owners regarding COVID-19.

As you read or listen to these media pieces, please know that some were produced before there were known instances of animals being infected with SARS-CoV-2. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.

Can Pets Get the Coronavirus? February 29, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Coronavirus and Pets March 3, 2020 - Insight on Capital Public Radio

Can You Get Coronavirus From Your Dog? Plus More Pet-Related Questions Answered March 11, 2020 - Everyday Health

Going Viral… Covid-19: What a Pet Owner Needs to Know March 18, 2020 - The Pet Doctor podcast (30 minutes)

Worried About Your Dog Or Cat And Coronavirus? Here's What To Know March 18, 2020 - Huff Post

A Cat In Belgium Tested Positive For COVID-19, But You Shouldn’t Panic March 28, 2020 - Huff Post

A Cat Appears to Have Caught the Coronavirus, but It’s Complicated March 31, 2020 - Science News

Pet Owners Need Not Panic After Tiger’s Positive Coronavirus Test April 6, 2020 - Boston Herald

Cats, Dogs, and the Coronavirus: What You Need to Know April 7, 2020 - elemental

Animals And COVID-19 April 7, 2020 - Insight on Capital Public Radio

Cats Are Far More Susceptible To New Coronavirus Than Dogs Are, But People Shouldn't Be 'Fearful' Of Their Pets, Researchers Say April 9, 2020 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COVID-19 Q&A: Protecting Pets and People During the Pandemic April 13, 2020 - DVM360

Cats Are a Bit More Susceptible to the Coronavirus Than Dogs Are, but You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Your Pets April 14, 2020 ZME Science

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and Your Pet April 16, 2020 Palm Beach Post

Why the New Coronavirus Affects Some Animals, but Not Others April 20, 2020 Smithsonian

UC Davis Veterinarians Give Pet Owners Advice After 2 NY Cats Test Positive for COVID-19 April 22, 2020 Fox40 Sacramento

Your Pets Probably Won’t Get the New Coronavirus April 26, 2020 Wall Street Journal

Can Pets Get Coronavirus? Chief Veterinarian at UC Davis Says Dogs, Cats Are Likely 'Dead-end Hosts' April 28, 2020 ABC7 San Francisco

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