At this time of worldwide disruption as the world manages the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are feeling stressed, worried, or confused. Because COVID-19 is a novel virus that we initially knew nothing about, it has seemed at times that public announcements and control measures have been everchanging and sometimes even conflicted. Therefore, making sense of how the virus behaves, what the risks are, and how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones has been difficult.
With so much new and regularly updated information, people understandably have a lot of questions. One of the main questions that I get asked as a vet, relating to COVID-19, is whether pets can be affected. So, can pets get COVID-19? Do they show any symptoms? Could they even die from it? And do they play a role in the spread of the virus? Read on to find out.