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DR. SCOTT WEESE | New Study Shows Cats Can Get Coronavirus - Don't Worry!

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

As media swirls around a new study that shows cats can contract COVID-19 and pass it on to other cats, veterinarian & infectious disease expert Dr. Scott Weese joins Rodney and Dr. Becker to explain why there's still no need to panic and provides tips for managing the threat to our pets.


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Dr. Scott Weese mind-jams with Rodney Habib & Dr. Karen Becker about the coronavirus and our pets. Of particular interest are Dr. Weese's thoughts on the recently released studies showing cats can catch the virus and spread the disease to each other. Many pet owners are worried about protecting their pets. Some owners are panicked and surrendering or abandoning their pets, fearing that animals can transmit the disease to people. As a microbiologist and infectious disease expert, Dr. Weese addresses this fear and shares tips for protecting our pets and managing risk.

Dr. Scott Weese (DVM DVSc DipACVIM) is board certified in internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital. He has an active research program at the University of Guelph focusing on infectious diseases, particularly those that can be transmitted between animals and people. Dr. Weese holds a Canada Research Chair in zoonotic diseases and has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, edited two books, and is a sought-after speaker on the topic of infectious diseases. Dr. Weese is also a coordinator of the educational blog, Worms & Germs, published by University of Guelph Centre for Public Health & Zoonoses. The blog has currently been reporting on the Corona Virus / COVID-19 and pets, keeping its followers up to date on the recent findings and studies.


In this episode:

Can cats get corona virus? (1:30)

Do the experimental models being studied reflect real life? (3:02)

Are safety masks useful for pets? (5:33)

Should people disinfect their pets? (7:21)

Should people get the corona vaccine for their pets? (10:35)

Do people need to sanitize the pet food packages they bring home? (11:31)

Should people avoid kissing (or close contact with) their pets? (12:58)

Connect with Dr. Scott Weese:

Worms & Germs Blog


Univ of Guelph Centre for Public Health & Zoonoses

Mentioned in this episode:

Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and different domestic animals to SARS-coronavirus-2

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