Tag Archives: coronavirus

The Hidden Risks of a COVID Halloween for Pets

A Kitten Wearing a Halloween Costume

Halloween will be different this year because of the coronavirus. For the safety of human family members, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists Halloween activities with low, moderate and high risk. But these guidelines do not address our animal companions when recommending a modified Halloween celebration. Using the CDC’s recommended low and moderate risk

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First Dog Diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 Dies from Lymphoma: A Veterinarian’s Perspective

A microscopic view of a SARS-CoV-2 virus

A recent article in National Geographic profiles Buddy, the first dog in the United States to be diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2, who passed away from lymphoma on July 11. As a veterinary oncologist, I know firsthand the anguish that comes with the loss of a beloved pet to cancer. Pets are essential to our well-being, and

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Grooming Your Pet During the Pandemic

A woman bathes a golden retriever in a bath tub

During the Animal Medical Center’s Facebook Live and Zoom sessions, grooming has been a common question from our audience. Since many groomers are closed, DIY grooming has become the norm. Home grooming has resulted in some pet injuries and AMC’s emergency room has had to patch up a few pets after grooming mishaps. Here are

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What’s the Difference Between COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2? A Pandemic Glossary for Pet Families

A team of veterinarians wearing masks stands around four ventilators

The COVID-19 pandemic has filled every news story with words that were once familiar but are now fraught with nuance. What is the difference between infection and disease? Are SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 the same thing? Why are there different tests? In this blog post, I’ll try to clarify some commonly misused words and provide real-life

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