Can Your Pet Catch COVID-19?

 

Can your pet catch COVID-19?

Our TV News Partner, WVLT spoke with Dr. Marcy Souza, a veterinarian and professor at UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She says the virus originated in wild animals, before being passed to humans.

She says “Since then both domestic dogs and cats have tested positive. She says pets rarely catch the virus, but if they do it probably came from close contact with a sick human. If you think might have COVID19, see if someone else can take care if your pet. If you can’t find help, use caution while around your pet, just as you would around another person.

Dr. Souza says right now there’s no evidence that a pet can transfer the virus back to humans if they do catch it.

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