Veterinarian: No need to worry about your pet getting COVID-19

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — According to veterinarians, there isn’t much to worry about when it comes to animals contracting COVID-19.

Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the executive director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo tells ABC 6, that only two animals in the world have tested positive for coronavirus.

“A dog in China that was asymptomatic, and now this tiger [from the Bronx Zoo],” explained Dr. Goodman.

“When you put into perspective how many human cases there are world-wide, the fact that only two animals have tested positive is an infinitively small number,” said Dr. Goodman.

The doctor says, based off of research, animals can only contract the virus from humans, not the other way around.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has tested roughly 4,000 household pets for coronavirus. Not a single one tested positive.

“You should still take your dogs out for a walk and care for your pets normally at this point,” said Dr. Goodman.

While the Roger Williams Park Zoo has been closed to visitors, zoo keepers still feed and play with animals normally. They take standard precautions, like wearing gloves and masks, to protect themselves and the animals from the spread of COVID-19.

(C) WLNE-TV // ABC 6   2020

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