BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Were you worried about your pet coming in contact with COVID-19?
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry reported its first positive SARS-CoV-2 case in a dog on August 4. SARS-CoV-2 is name of the virus for animals that test positive for COVID-19 in humans.
According to the United State Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, it is hard to say if pets can spread the virus if tested positive for SARS-Cov-2.
However, LDAF said pet owners with COVID-19 can spread the virus to their house hold animals.
“It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.