That tiger in the Bronx Zoo has a lot of pet owners worried that maybe their pets can catch COVID-19 after all. Now IDEXX Laboratories is rolling out a new COVID-19 test for pets that could help veterinarians soothe those client worries.
COVID-19 has infiltrated every aspect of daily life, so it’s difficult to not get caught up in the maelstrom of the pandemic’s effects. But the usual threats of parasite-borne diseases still loom large for pets.
There is no doubt COVID-19 has created a host of challenges for veterinary hospitals. But AAHA-accredited hospitals are among the profession’s most innovative problem solvers. AAHA maintains a facebook group for accredited members and found an impressive array of creative solutions being shared in the community.
There’s no question that stay-at-home orders have impacted pets and their owners. Now, a new survey from Banfield Pet Hospital reveals how, and to what degree. The results show a paradigm shift, the effects of which are likely to change how people view and care for their pets for a long time to come.
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If that headline gives you déjà vu (“Didn’t the first dog in the US already test positive for SARS-CoV-2? Like, a month ago?”), you’re probably thinking of Winston.
That seems to be the general consensus when it comes to companion animals and COVID-19. Reports that a dog in Hong Kong repeatedly tested “weak positive” for the COVID-19 virus fueled worldwide concern that pets could indeed get the new superbug. While that concern appears to be groundless (at least so far), it does raise a question.
How are animal rescue operations proceeding among the Oregon infernos?
There have only been three dogs in the world who have officially tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 so far. The only one in the US has died.
“We’re not a profession that does a good job at rapid change, but almost overnight we completely changed how we practice medicine.”