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Owner concerns that pets have Covid-19
  1. Katharine M Watson, epidemiologist,
  2. Yijia Zhang, epidemiologist,
  3. Kristine Towns, practitioner and
  4. Ka Kahe, professor
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Indiana University School of Public Health, 1025 E 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
  2. Frankfort Animal Hospital, Frankfort, IN 46041, USA
  3. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, USA
  1. email: kamiwats{at}

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Several pet dogs and cats have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 worldwide.1 However, the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in pets remains unknown and restrictions to testing in many countries have likely resulted in missed diagnoses.

We undertook a nationwide convenience survey of US veterinarians to estimate owners concerns about their pets and Covid-19.

We asked whether owners had expressed concerns that their pets had Covid-19 and whether veterinarians had tried to test pets for SARS-CoV-2. Answers to these questions prompted further questions (supplementary data – available online at Fifty veterinarians completed the survey between …

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