Hello to our Grove Vet Community. We wanted to give you an update on COVID-19 and your pets. There is a great deal of information out there on the web, and we wanted to give you some factoids that summarize this information. It does feel like the information changes as we learn more about the novel coronavirus.
TIGER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AT THE BRONX ZOO
This information update is timely in that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo has diagnosed with COVID-19. This situation has led to many questions and a lot of panic from people. Here is what we know about the infected tiger at the Bronx Zoo…
The USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed the presence of coronavirus in one tiger at the Bronx Zoo. This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Several lions and tigers at the zoo showed clinical signs of respiratory illness and this tiger was tested accordingly. Public health employees believe the large cats became ill after being exposed to a zoo employee who was actively shedding virus. All of the large cats are expected to recover. No other animals in other areas of the zoo are exhibiting similar clinical signs. USDA and the CDC are monitoring the situation.
COVID-19 and YOUR PETS
* Four pets (2 cats & 2 dogs) from POSITIVE HOMES have tested positive for COVID-19; these animals were living in close contact with people that tested positive for COVID-19. The dogs were tested in Hong Kong. One cat was in Belgium, and the other lives in Hong Kong.
* To date (April 6, 2020) the CDC has not received any reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations continue to agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that, under natural conditions, pets spread COVID-19 to people. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO EVIDENCE THAT PET ANIMALS CAN BE A SOURCE OF COVID-19 FOR HUMANS.
* There have been more than 3500 coronavirus tests performed on cats and dogs in the United States; so far ALL of these tests have been NEGATIVE.
* THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF PETS OR LIVESTOCK BECOMING ILL WITH COVID-19 IN THE UNITED STATES.
WHAT TO DO WITH PETS IF YOU GET SICK
* Out of an abundance of caution and until more is known about this virus, if you are ILL and have been DIAGNOSED 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 take care of feeding and otherwise caring for any animals, including pets. If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, wear a cloth facemark; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.