It’s all over the news - a new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCOV, AKA Covid-19) is causing major issues globally to the human population. But can animals get Coronavirus too?

There will be conflicting information online as Coronavirus does have strains that affect animals - in fact most strains are exclusively non-human. Recently a Tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for COVID-19 after showing signs of respiratory illness. However the current strain in the news (2019-nCOV) shows no evidence of infection in pets (companion animals), so we can rest easy! While it is still important to maintain good hygiene practices after contact with animals, including washing hands thoroughly, there is no immediate threat with regard to Coronavirus spreading to your pet.

The World Health Organization has released the following information to pet owners:

More information can be found on the World Health Organisation website, but we will aim to keep you up-to-date if and when updates are available.

Written by: Dr. Nick Garside BVetMed MRCVS