Covid common in cats and dogs, study finds-BBC News
Covid is common in cats and dogs whose owners have the disease, research suggests. Swabs taken from 310 pets in 196 households where a human infection has been detected. 6 cats and 7 dogs returned a positive PCR result and 54 animals tested positive for viral antibodies.
' If you have Covid, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would with other people,' Dr Els Bergen from Utrecht University said.
A study at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada found cats that slept on their owners beds seemed to be at particular risk of infection. In this study 67% of the owned cats and 43% of owned dogs tested positive compared with 9% of dogs and cats from an animal shelter and 3% of stray cats in the area.
A quarter of pets displayed symptoms from loss of appetite to difficulty breathing. Although most cases were mild, three were severe.
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