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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...
It’s Bufo Toad Season: Take Care With Your Dogs
If you live in Florida or are planning a trip down to the Sunshine State with your dogs, it is important to be aware of the lurking threat of cane toads (more commonly known as Bufo toads). Bufo toads become more prevalent during the humid summer months when there is a lot of rain. They can be found hopping around in yards, parks, streets and even pools. They are larger in size than most toads,...
FDA Warns Against Giving Dogs Bones and Bone Treats
By Aly Semigran Give a dog a bone? You may want to think twice about that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  In a recent release, the FDA said giving pets bones or bone treats to chew on can have major consequences. The FDA has received "about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to 'bone treats,' which differ from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed...