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Getting Answers: What if my pet shows signs of COVID-19?

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TUCSON (KVOA) - As researchers learn more about the coronavirus, some viewers had questions regarding pets and COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported only a few pets have been confirmed to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Some of the pets showed no signs of illness, while others showed mild symptoms, according to the CDC.

If your pet shows symptoms of the coronavirus like coughing, fever or chills, the VCA recommends to call your vet because signs of illness in dogs and cats could be associated with common viral and bacterial infections like kennel cough or canine flu.

If your pet tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, the CDC recommends:

  • Isolate the pet from everyone, including other pets
  • Do not wipe or bathe the pet with chemicals, alcohol or any other non-approved animal products
  • Call a veterinarian

"There is no evidence that any animal or pet can infect humans with the new coronavirus," according to a statement from the VCA.

For tips from the CDC for how to protect yourself when caring for a sick pet, click here.

If you have a question about the coronavirus, email GettingAnswers@KVOA.com.

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Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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