Dr. Lance Hirsh claims there’s no need to fear pets will contract the virus or pass it to their owners because the incidents are quite low.
Concern spread quickly in April when COVID-19 was identified in a Malayan tiger, followed by two African tigers and three African lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Soon after these unexpected discoveries, two pet dogs and two pet cats in the United States (and a few in other countries) were diagnosed with the virus, thereby increasing pet owners’ anxiety. Could one’s own beloved pets be vulnerable to the virus, and could they possibly spread the disease to humans?
Photo Credit: Dr. Lance Hirsh