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Q: What should I do if my pet gets sick and I think it’s COVID-19?

A: There is a small number of animals around the world reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the animals contracted the virus after having contact with a person who had COVID-19.

Animals are only being tested for COVID-19 in very rare circumstances on a case-by-case basis, the CDC said.

If your pet gets sick after contact with a person who has COVID-19, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know the pet was around a person with the coronavirus. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine visits or other plans for seeing sick pets.

Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment.

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