Keeping your pets safe

As two cats in New York State are infected with the coronavirus, we'll tell you what you can do to protect your pets.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 6:55 PM

Not only are people at risk for contracting corornavirus, but also your pets. Here's what you need to know about keeping them safe.

We traveled to the New Hartford Animal Hospital to get an expert opinion. Dr. Abby Regner works with animals everyday and told us how to prevent your pets from getting sick.  Dr. Regner said "When you go outside for walks, avoid things like parks and playgrounds and things like that. Keep your six feet in between all dogs and all people, all cats if they're out for a walk as well."

We asked her what animals are the most at risk for getting the coronavirus. Dr. Regner said "To date, right now we only are worried about domestic cats. We're not worried about our dogs at this time. Obviously everyday we're learning more but right now we're only having evidence that cats may potentially be able to carry the virus from their human owner."

There is a coronavirus test and vaccine for pets, but there are strict guidelines. Dr. Regner told us "Cats are prone to many respiratory diseases which are much more common and so we would really need to eliminate all other potentials before using resources to test for the virus."

We now know that it is possible for cats to contract the coronavirus, but it is unsure if they can transmit it to humans.  Dr. Regner said "The good thing that we know right now is that there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that pets can transmit it back to people." Even so, the New Hartford Animal Hospital has still been taking extra precautions against coronavirus, to keep pets and their owners safe by providing curbside assistance and questions over the phone. 

If you would like to schedule a checkup for your pet, you can always contact your local vet.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 401706

Reported Deaths: 32350
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Columbia48637
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Warren27733
Steuben27441
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Genesee2505
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Wayne2053
Herkimer1924
Tompkins1860
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Chenango1666
Tioga16124
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Livingston1478
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Cayuga1262
Clinton1094
Wyoming1015
Jefferson970
Delaware924
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