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Vets weigh-in on pets and COVID-19

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"We're still learning about the virus in humans, let alone trying to figure out what it does in animals," veterinarian Eila Machado said.

New evidence shows it may be possible for pets to contract the novel coronavirus.

Earlier this week, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive.

"My initial thought and a lot of my veterinary co-workers thoughts were: 'oh no'," Machado said.

Machado is not surprised to hear the news.

"The sequencing data shows that this may have originated from an animal in the first place," Machado explained. "There is a lot of viral mutation and hopping from species to species that happens out there especially in this family of coronaviruses."

The CDC has only identified a handful of cases of the novel disease in domesticated animals and none in the U.S.

Worldwide there have been more than 1.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in humans.

"With that many cases documented and a lot of us, all over the world, living in really close proximity to domestic animals, we would be seeing some indication that there are clinical cases, " Machado said. "And there just is no evidence that we should worry at all."

If you are concerned about getting your furry friend sick, there are some precautions you can take especially if you yourself are infected.

"Wear a mask when you're directly interacting with your pet, wash your hands thoroughly before and after you interact with your pet and just try to limit your exposure with your pet as best as you can," Machado said.

Right now, there is no evidence of pets passing COVID-19 to their human counterparts.

However information is being learned about the disease, every day.

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