Animal Doctor: Perspectives and Issues Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic | Lifestyles

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Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases late last year, UK vets have seen higher than usual numbers of dogs and cats suffering from depression, lethargy, withdrawal appetite, abnormal heart beat, and fluid in the lungs, all of which are signs of myocarditis. The owners of many pets with confirmed myocarditis seen at the Ralph Veterinary Referral Center had confirmed or suspected COVID-19, and six of 11 animals tested positive for the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2 or antibodies against it. virus, researchers reported in Veterinary Record. (Full article: NBC News, November 5)

Veterinary vaccine maker Zoetis donates hundreds of doses of an experimental SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, specially designed for animals, to zoos across the country, enabling facilities to vaccinate big cats, bears , ferrets, mink, primates and other vulnerable animals. Zoo staff and visitors can transmit the virus to animals. Scientists will assess the effectiveness of the vaccine, which is based on advanced synthetic proteins, against emerging variants at more than 80 institutions in 27 states. (Full article: National Geographic, August 20)

I do not see the need to vaccinate cats and dogs against COVID-19, as the documented incidence of their deaths is extremely low. Most have a mild infection or no symptoms. Those with comorbid factors similar to those seen in humans may have more serious infections, but eventually recover. (See the relevant study summary at pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34647475.) Since it is now humans who infect animals, get vaccinated and wear masks in public places to avoid Bringing the virus home is the best way to protect our animal companions.


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