Although tests for humans potentially infected with COVID-19 remain scarce, pets, including your canines can be tested.
PET TEST for COVID-19
Pet owners concerned about whether or not their dog may have contracted COVID-19 can now get answers. Assuming you have a logical reason to back up your claim, call your veterinarian and ask for your dog to be tested.
The COVID-19 Pet Test request must be submitted by your veterinarian and the rationale for the test must be included. The request will be sent to the state animal health control officer and the state veterinarian for approval. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. Should your pet have a positive test, these state officials will be notified first. Your veterinarian will be contacted, who will then advise each pet owner of the situation.
At this time a Coronavirus Vaccine does not exist for Pets or People.
Although there are other species of coronaviruses many puppies are vaccinated for, it does not provide coverage for COVID-19.
Why is there a COVID-19 Pet Test if Dogs can’t get COVID-19?
Despite the fact that to date, resources indicate that dogs may not become infected with COVID-19, veterinary researchers are using this pet test to gather more information about the coronavirus as well as to help monitor this Pandemic. Veterinarians are constantly stepping up to the plate when it comes to protecting the health and wellness of pets and their people.
Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo. Shortly afterward, she launched a very successful private practice and became the founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute.
Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments. Currently, she offers holistic therapies and traditional veterinary medical care for dogs and cats at the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.