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    2,000 Pets Including Hamsters and Chinchillas to Be Killed to Curb COVID Spread

    Thousands of small animals, including hamsters and chinchillas, are set to be culled in Hong Kong after a handful tested positive for COVID. In a COVID-19 press conference held Tuesday (January18,) the Hong Kong government announced several small rodents tested positive for the virus at a pet shop. This followed an employee at the pet shop testing positive on Monday. Pet owners have been told if they bought hamsters or small pets from the store after January 7, they will need to hand them over to be culled. It was reported nationally that the government has tested hundreds of samples collected from the small animals. So far only the hamsters…

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    COVID vaccines for dogs and cats? What to know about vaccines and testing for pets

    Though dogs can get COVID-19, they’re unlikely to get severely ill or spread the disease to humans. Cavan Images/Getty Images For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, research has shown that pets and other animals can catch the coronavirus. According to the US Department of Agriculture, at least 15 species of animals, including domestic pets and wild animals, have contracted COVID-19. So will there be a feline or canine vaccine for COVID-19? Don’t hold your breath. Simply put, pets are unlikely to get severely sick from the coronavirus and also unlikely to pass COVID-19 to humans. According…

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    Vets face ‘perfect storm’ of Covid, Brexit and lockdown pet boom

    Vets are on a “knife edge” as they face a “perfect storm” of staff shortages caused by Covid and Brexit coupled with a lockdown pet boom. Calls to the industry’s confidential Vetlife helpline have surged during the pandemic as veterinary workers struggle to keep up with demand, with 3.2 million households getting a new pet since the first lockdown. People are being urged to check whether they have access to veterinary care in their area before getting a dog or cat as many practices have been forced to close their books to new healthy animals for months at a time. Dr Lara Wilson, who is lead surgeon at the Vets…

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    Pet dog contracts Covid in first confirmed case in UK | Coronavirus

    Humans share many things with their dogs, from the sofa to cuddles and quality time. But it seems the list of joint experiences may also include coronavirus infections. Experts say they have detected the first case in the UK of a pet dog catching coronavirus, apparently from its owners. The canine’s infection was confirmed after testing on 3 November. It is not the first time that pets have tested positive for the virus; the same laboratory detected coronavirus in a cat last year, while research from the Netherlands has previously suggested that the virus is common in cats and dogs owned by people who have Covid. Some experts have suggested…

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    Your pets can catch Covid from you, and cats appear more susceptible than dogs

    Pet cats and dogs are much more likely to contract Covid-19 than their stray peers — and cats are more susceptible to the virus than their canine counterparts, new research suggests. In the new study, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario tested 48 cats and 54 dogs from 77 different households that had a positive Covid-19 case in the previous nine months. They compared the results to those of 75 dogs and cats living in an animal shelter and 75 stray cats that had been seen at a low-cost veterinary clinic. The preliminary findings, which have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, will be presented at…

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    One in 5 pets catch COVID from their owners: study

    If you think you might have COVID-19, it’s probably a good idea to stay well away from your pets. That’s according to the author of a Dutch study. Utrect University doctor Els Broens discovered a significant number of cats and dogs might be catching the disease from their owners. “About one out of five pets will catch the disease from their owners, because the most likely transmission is from human to pet. This is a rather high prevalence, but on the other hand, luckily, the animals do not get very ill from it.” Broens’ study tested 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households where humans were known to have…

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    Pet owners urged to avoid their cats and dogs if they have Covid | Coronavirus

    Cat or dog owners who have Covid-19 should avoid their pets while infected, experts have said. Scientists in the Netherlands have found coronavirus is common in pet cats and dogs where their owners have the disease. While cases of owners passing on Covid-19 to their pets are considered to be of negligible risk to public health, the scientists say there is a potential risk that domestic animals could act as a “reservoir” for coronavirus and reintroduce it to humans. Dr Els Broens, from Utrecht University, said: “If you have Covid-19, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people. “The main concern,…

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