Two new cases of SARS-COV2 positive pets in the US: core information and messaging remain unchanged

Two press releases this week report pets testing positive for SARS-CoV2: a household cat in Minnesota who was clinical for disease shortly after her owner became ill; and a pet GSD dog in NYS in a household with owners with clinical signs, one whom tested positive for SARS-CoV2. In both cases, the sick pets have made full recovery. In the case of the dog, a housemate dog also tested positive for antibodies, but never displayed signs of illness while the rest of the household was ill. Direct links to the press releases are below:

Household cat confirmed with virus that causes COVID-19

 COVID-19 in pet dog in New York

Neither of these cases change the core knowledge or messaging around SARS-CoV2 and pets:

  • There is no evidence pets play any role in the transmission of SARS-CoV2 to people
  • Humans remain by far the greatest risk for transmission of SARS-CoV2 between people
  • Pets should be treated like other household family members in homes with people sick with COVID-19; contact should be limited

For more information about COVID-19 and animals and recommendations for pet owners, visit

For more information about testing in animals, see


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