Keeping you and your pets safe
What about our pets?
Research is ongoing, but at this time there is no evidence that our pets can get seriously ill from this coronavirus. The virus that causes Covid-19 has infected some cats, ferrets, and a few dogs, but this is only happening rarely. The tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York displayed mild respiratory signs after their exposure from an asymptomatic person who had contact with them. Researchers have also shown that cats can spread the virus to other cats, but at this time there is no evidence that a cat can give the virus to a person. So there is no reason to isolate yourself from your cat or ferret during this pandemic.
If your pet shows signs of a respiratory illness - like fever, cough, sneeze, or decreased appetite - please call. Once we rule out the more common causes of illness, if there is known exposure to a person with Covid-19 we can ask the State Veterinarian for permission to test your pet for Covid-19. The test is only available after the preliminary diagnostics have been performed and if the State Veterinarian deems it necessary.
If you are well, continue to interact with your pets just as you normally would, practicing good hygiene and handwashing.
If you are ill with Covid-19, it is prudent to ask another person to take over care of your pet. This is mostly because your pet can act as a vector to carry the virus to another person. If you have a service animal or are the sole caretaker, avoid kissing or hugging your pet while you are ill. Wash your hands before and after feeding or interacting with your pet and wear a facemask to limit the spread of virus particles when you cough.
More information can be found at these sites:
Covid-19 FAQs for pet owners from the AVMA
For human health:
The State of Ohio's coronavirus page
The Center for Disease Control Covid-19 page
Montgomery Animal Hospital
7670 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 791-7912
After Hours Care
Your pet care needs occurring after business hours can be addressed by one of the local veterinary emergency hospitals.