In recent weeks, the media have reported the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in very rare cases of dogs (Hong Kong), cats (Belgium, New York), tigers and lion (New York). Only cats, tigers and lions showed clinical signs and, in most cases, these were benign.
Experimental studies have confirmed that cats are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 and can transmit it to other cats by simple contact. The same observation was made in ferrets. However, dogs appear to have very little susceptibility.
All the information available to date suggests that animals have been infected through contact with infected people and find no evidence of the role of animals in the spread of the virus in humans.
In the current context, North American veterinary authorities (MAPAQ, ACMV, CFIA, AVMA) recommend that animals not to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection at this time.
Indeed, infection in domestic animals (essentially cats) is generally benign.
In addition, offering the test could encourage owners of uninfected animals to leave confinement and thus put themselves or others at risk.
It could also lead to superfluous visits to veterinarians, contrary to the current directive to limit such visits to serious cases.
Finally, some owners could panic without justification, fearing that their pets can transmit the infection to them.
Although Biovet, unlike other laboratories, has a SARS-CoV-2 test, it will follow the recommendations of veterinary authorities and will not currently offer this test.
We are committed to providing the best possible laboratory service while respecting public health.
We continue to monitor scientific developments and the recommendations of veterinary authorities very closely.
Rest assured that we will adopt our position based on developments as necessary.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.