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3 Facts About COVID-19 and Your Pet

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With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyday life, you naturally are worried about how to care for your pet. The following three facts will help you and your pet stay safe and healthy during these troubling times.

#1: Rely on reputable sources for current COVID-19 information

While you can turn to Facebook for insider information on where to find toilet paper, avoid using social media as your main source about COVID-19. Instead, rely on major animal and human health organizations for the most current, accurate research about this evolving situation. A few reputable sources include:

#2: There is no evidence to indicate pets can become ill with COVID-19

A major veterinary diagnostic laboratory tested thousands of canine and feline samples for COVID-19 when validating a veterinary test, but found no positive results. Additionally, the CDC and WHO have received zero reports of a pet who was ill from COVID-19. Based on the current evidence, health officials have declared there is no indication that pets can become sick from COVID-19. So, your coughing dog is likely not sick with COVID-19, but another disease, such as kennel cough, congestive heart failure, or a collapsing trachea.

#3: We’re taking every precaution to protect you and our team while still keeping your pet healthy

As a vital part of the health care community, we will remain open and continue to provide important medical care for your pet. As this situation continues to unfold, we may make protocol changes to protect everyone involved. For now, Spanish Trail Animal Hospital is still open with normal business hours, but we are curbside service only. Please call us when you arrive.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe! Thank you for your patience and understanding through this!