As Covid-19 began spreading throughout the U.S. earlier this year, people asked if they could give the novel coronavirus to their pets, or if their pets could infect them with it. Some worried about cross-contamination at dog parks, or the consequences of asymptomatic people petting or otherwise making contact with their dogs.

Like so many other things about this virus, answers to these questions continue to evolve. At first, the consensus was that we could neither infect nor be infected by our pets. Then, a few animals tested positive and owner anxieties spiked, which put companion animals at risk—a worrisome byproduct of an already fraught public health crisis. As a report on The Conversation site notes, “Animals, specifically those who live in our homes, remain at risk in ways not currently considered in national policy responses. This includes the risks of abandonment,…

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