Merck Manual

Please confirm that you are a health care professional

honeypot link

Weak Positive Test is First Report of New Coronavirus in Dogs

03/03/20 By
Merck Veterinary Manual

A dog in Hong Kong that is owned by a patient with COVID-19 has had two weak positive tests for the coronavirus that causes the disease. Oral and nasal swabs taken in late February and early March yielded the positive results, although the dog shows no signs of illness and the significance of a weak positive result is not clear. The dog is being quarantined and Hong Kong health officials are working with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to assess the case. CDC officials have stated that pets are not likely to be infected by the virus or to transmit it to people.

In related news, AVMA is collecting information about potential supply-chain issues that could lead to shortages of veterinary drugs. No companies have reported shortages of drug ingredients or raw materials to FDA so far, but 6 of 32 firms told FDA they were seeing supply chain disruptions that could soon lead to shortages.

For more information on the global outbreak of COVID-19, effects on the supply of veterinary drugs, and links to more information on the coronavirus, see the AVMA's blog post on SARS-CoV-2 or their COVID-19 information page.

Additional information on the current status of COVID-19 in the United States and other locations globally can be found at CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 web page.