March 24, 2020

BAHVS Committee

We are in the middle of a global pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which is having far reaching effects on the human population but is also impacting on normal veterinary services.

We know that animal owners and carers will be extremely worried about the impact of the restrictions that were announced yesterday. It should be emphasised that veterinary surgeons will still be able to provide an emergency service and you should contact your vet for further details or if you have any concerns at all about ongoing holistic care. Each surgery will have made its own provisions for the coming months.

To give reassurance about transmission of the virus between animals and man. There is to date, no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification for rehoming or abandoning animals or otherwise compromising animal welfare.

A dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for COVID-19 but further investigation suggested that the dog had a low level of infection and that this is likely to be a case of human to animal transmission. The dog did not show any signs of the infection and was not infectious to humans. 

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