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How to Keep Pets Safe From COVID-19
During these unprecedented times, new phrases seem to be coined daily. “Social distancing.” “Novel virus.” “Presumptive case vs. positive case.” “Shelter-in-place.”  But while our vernacular may be changing, one thing has stayed the same—how much we love our pets, and how much they love us. And when we’re scared or stressed, there’s nothing better than being close to your...
How to Plan for Your Pet’s Care if You Get COVID-19
Updated on April 27, 2020 By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM   As communities around the world respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19), you should have the most up-to-date information on how it impacts you and your pets. Because we know that pets can become infected, you should take every precaution to not give the virus to your pets. And this may mean that someone else will need to care for them until...
COVID-19 and Pets: Should I Go to the Vet or Wait? What’s the Protocol?
By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM It’s a scary time right now, and everyone is adjusting to a new normal. During this time of social distancing, we should all be trying to do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. This means staying home, eating in, and reducing unnecessary contact with others.  While our pets are probably loving this extra cuddle time with us, what do you do if they need to...
Can Pets Spread Coronavirus (COVID-19) to People?
By Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Updated by Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM, on April 24, 2020  In this article: There's no evidence that pets are playing a role in spreading COVID-19.There are a few reports of pets being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after being in contact with people who were positive for COVID-19.“Canine” and “feline” coronavirus are NOT the same...
The US House of Representatives Has Passed a Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony
Back in January of 2019, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. proposed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to the US House of Representatives. On October 22, 2019, the House unanimously passed the PACT Act, and it is now headed to the Senate to hopefully be passed and turned into law. The PACT Act would make acts of animal cruelty—such as the crushing,...
Family Warns Small Dog Owners of Hawks After Yorkie Was Snatched
Image via iStock.com/Piotr Krzeslak Dog owner Cecilia Celis is warning pet parents of the threat of hawks after her 2-pound Yorkie, Lulu, was snatched by a large bird outside their home in Nevada. "We just hear them barking and crying," Celis tells ABC 13. "So we are like, 'Oh, they're just play fighting.' And a second later I just look outside. We see a huge bird...like the wing,...
CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose
Image via iStock.com/4FR The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been monitoring a spike in the number of documented cases of a rare disease found in deer, moose and elk. Chronic wasting disease (CWD)—dubbed “zombie deer disease” by the media—had been documented in 251 counties in 24 US states as of January 2019. Image via CDC According to the CDC, CWD “is a prion...