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Covid and your pets

Pet Medical Milsons Point’s Dr Cate Plummer BVSC, BSc (Vet) (Hons) shares some facts about the Covid-19 pandemic and your pets.

Article first published in northsider magazine Winter 2020.

The last few months have presented many challenges for all of us, and in some cases an overload of information. The following is endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and gives an accurate picture of the current understanding of the risks associated with COVID-19 and pets.

Can COVID-19 infect pets?

Worldwide, there are only a few reports of cats and dogs testing positive to COVID-19. These incidents have only occurred in animals which have been in close contact with an infected owner. There are no reported cases in domestic animals or wildlife in Australia. There’s no current evidence pets have been involved in spreading COVID-19 to humans. The main risk of COVID-19 spread is human-to-human transmission.

When out exercising with your pet, please remember to follow social distancing protocols and maintain good hygiene at all times.

If you have COVID-19 or are in self-isolation, it is recommended you:

• Avoid close contact, such as cuddling, kissing and sharing a bed with your pet.

• If possible, ask another family member in the house to care for your pet.

• Wash your hands before and after being around animals, their food and water bowls.

Finally, thank you to all the wonderful pet owners who have worked with their veterinarians to maintain social distancing and adhere to the guidelines for remote consultations. This has allowed your veterinarian to continue to provide the specialist care required for all our furry friends.

Click here for the Australian Veterinary Association advice sheet

Visit or call 8203 4390 for more information about Pet Medical Milsons Point their contactless Covid-safe consultations for your pet.

28 Alfred Street, Milsons Point (Opp. Bradfield Park).


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