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Snookums has more to fear from you than just the fact that you over-feed her

According to a couple of wee studies presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (but which have not yet been published so beware of any potential implications), people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 can often pass the virus to their pets, and the pets often get sick as well.

Thus, for example, a Canadian study found that while fewer than 10 % of pets tested in a shelter had evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV2, two out of three cats and two out of five dogs whose owners had COVID had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, which means that the pets had picked up the virus, too.

Before you start to panic and put Rex or Fluffy into permanent quarantine, however, remember that none of this means that the pets can infect other humans, especially, I think, those other humans who, unlike you, don’t snuggle or sleep with your pet.