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Niagara area dog tests positive for COVID 19 but most pets are still safe

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Researchers at University of Guelph are trying to figure out why some pets get infected with COVID-19. As Erica Vella reports, it came on the same day a dog in the U.S. tested positive for the virus – Apr 29, 2020

A dog in Ontario’s Niagara Region has tested positive for COVID-19, although researchers say most pet owners shouldn’t be worried.

Positive tests for novel coronavirus in dogs are rare because they are typically asymptomatic and they get over the ailment relatively quickly.

Scott Weese, the chief of infection control at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, is part of the study that found the positive case in the Niagara area.

Read more: Guelph, Ont., researchers study coronavirus infection in pets

He says that of approximately 40 pets tested only the dog has tested positive.

A cat in the study had some lingering antibodies from COVID-19, suggesting it had once been sick.

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Weese notes that other animals, like non-human primates and minks are much more susceptible to the virus.