Is COVID-19 more common in pets than we previously thought?

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New research suggests new coronavirus infections in pets may be more common than we thought previously. AJ_Watt/Getty Images
  • A small study that repeatedly tested the pets of people with COVID-19 suggests that 31% of dogs and 40% of cats acquired a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Neutered pets or those that shared a bed with a human with the infection were more likely to contract the infection.
  • The study reinforces the message that people with COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets if possible.
  • There remains no evidence that pets with the infection can pass it on to people
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Standing Equine PET Scanner Now in Use at Golden Gate

A University of California, Davis standing equine positron emission tomography scanner is now in use at Golden Gate Fields, according to a news release posted on the UC Davis website.

The scanner—the MILEPET from LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging—allows for imaging of a horse’s leg while under mild sedation. In use at the UC Davis veterinary hospital since March, the instrument has been transported by a team of UC Davis veterinarians and technicians to the equine hospital at Golden Gate once a week for the past month.

“Running the PET scanner at Golden Gate Fields brings multiple benefits,” said Dr. Mathieu

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WSAVA, part 2: Pet food recommendations are now guidelines

On April 26, 2021, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) issued a press release (albeit very quietly) informing veterinarians that its Global Nutrition Committee (GNC) revised its selecting a pet food” tool. It appears that WSAVA updated its document per my article, “WSAVA pet food recommendations: Useful or useless?” although some issues still do exist.

These much-needed updates are interesting considering that WSAVA stated the following in its press release: “The GNC’s work is generously supported by the Purina Institute, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Royal Canin.

“WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 115 member associations

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Meet the teen who started the organic pet treat company at age 8

A young girl’s dream of treating animals like royalty has come true — thanks to lots of hard work.

When Ava Dorsey was 6 years old, she drew a picture of a palace. She filled each room not with fancy furniture and pampered princesses, but words like “Pet Restaurant,” “Animal Food” and “Animal Accessories.”

She’d drafted her first business plan.

Ava Dorsey drew up her first “job plan” for Ava’s Pet Palace when she was just 6 years old.Courtesy of Ava’s Pet Palace

“I’ve always loved animals and had a passion for helping them and just wanting to be

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Adoptable Pet of the Week: April

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