COVID-19 is the term for the current human virus responsible for this pandemic and is also referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses (COVID-19 and others) are a family of enveloped, single-stranded, positive-strand RNA viruses classified within the Nidovirales order. This coronavirus family consists of pathogens of many animal species and of humans.
Since COVID-19 is a different virus than the coronaviruses we see in our domestic animals there is no reason to seek vaccination of your pets at this time. Click HERE to go to their COVID-19 page.
COVID-19 is the term for the current human virus responsible for this pandemic and is also referred to as SARS-CoV-2. This is NOT the same virus as canine coronavirus, which causes diarrhea in puppies and can contribute to canine infectious respiratory disease, nor feline coronavirus which can mutate and cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Due to a lack of efficacy of the vaccinations as well as a tendency for mild, if any, clinical signs, the coronavirus vaccine is not considered core for either cats nor dogs and therefore not given routinely. Horses also are affected by a corona virus (ECoV) which typically causes mild to moderate GI signs. There is no vaccine for equine coronavirus and treatment is usually just symptomatic care.
There was a case of a dog in Hong Kong that tested "weak positive" for COVID-19. The patient never showed any clinical signs. It is true that this 17yr old Pomeranian did pass away while under quarantine, but experts suspect it was likely due to the effects of stress of quarantine and its underlying health conditions. To date IDEXX reference laboratory has tested more than 4,000 canine, feline and equine samples from areas of outbreak worldwide and have detected NO positive samples.
Since COVID-19 is a different virus than the coronaviruses we see in our domestic animals there is no reason to seek vaccination of your pets at this time.
We hope that the information above can help put some fears at ease, however, if you are still concerned about you or your pets safety PLEASE contact us or your regular veterinarian.
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As the area’s only animal wellness center, we focus on the health and well-being of all the animals we treat. At Continental Animal Wellness Center, we combine Traditional and Behavioral Health medicine with excellent customer service to create the ideal atmosphere for you and your pet. Our aim is provide the best Veterinary Services in Flagstaff.
From horses and farm animals to house pets and exotics, we understand that animals play an important role in your life. Large or small, your animals deserve our custom quality care tailored to your needs. With years of combined professional experience in animal care, we offer a state-of-the-art facility, the most up-to-date equipment, and a staff that is dedicated to compassionate care and superior service. For your convenience, everything you need for both large and small animal care is located right here under one roof. Come on in, or browse through our website, and find out how Continental Animal Wellness Center can make a difference in the life of your pets and farm animals.
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