May 9, 2021
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Test confirms group of WA dogs show evidence of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Agriculture issued a release saying that they have received confirmation of a test showing evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a group of Washington dogs who were sampled as part of a study by the University of Washington. 

According to their release, they say that in all, 23 samples tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

While these are the first cases of a pet testing positive in Washington, they are not the first in the U.S., as there have been numerous reports nationally of companion animals testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. 

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Kitten dies after human-to-cat Covid-19 transmission


A kitten has died after contracting Covid-19 from its owner, researchers at the Glasgow University have said. 

Scientists found two cases of SARS-CoV-2 transmission as part of a screening programme of the feline population in the UK.

The cats, of different breeds, were living in separate households and displayed mild to severe respiratory signs.

Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell.

The first cat was a four-month-old female Ragdoll kitten from a household in which the owner developed symptoms that were consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infection at the

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23 dogs in Washington test positive for COVID-19 antibodies

The samples tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Washington universities are studying how the virus is transmitted from humans to pets.

SEATTLE — A group of dogs are the first known animals in Washington state to show evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

The dogs were sampled as part of the COVID-19 and Pets Study that the University of Washington (UW) started in early 2020 to examine pets from households where humans have tested positive for COVID-19. 

In all, 23 samples from dogs tested

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US Retail Sales of Pet Products Reached $107 Billion in 2020, Up 9% over 2019 Due Largely to COVID-19 Driven Spike in Pet Population

Dublin, April 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “U.S. Pet Market Outlook, 2021-2022” report has been added to’s offering.

U.S. retail sales of pet products and services reached $107 billion in 2020, up 9% over 2019, due largely to a COVID-19 driven spike in the pet population. All pet and veterinary industry trends – from how and why we get new pets to which pet care services we use and where – now intertwine with retail channel shopping trends.

Because most of the pet industry impacts associated with COVID-19 are in fact accelerations of existing trends, only a limited

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TGen COVID-19 Study To Collect Samples From Pets

Steve Yozwiak, TGen

TGen will be visiting the homes of pet owners who have tested positive within the past two weeks.

In an effort to help pet owners, pets and the community, The Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, will conduct COVID-19 tests on pets.

They will be visiting the homes of pet owners who have tested positive within the past two weeks. They will be collecting three different types of samples to look for COVID-19 and also antibodies in pets. Both project staff and pet owners will follow safety precautions during the sample collection process.

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Where did COVID-19 come from? WHO study points to bats, animals

Republicans and Democrats both have problems with the study, which is set to be fully released Tuesday.

NEW ORLEANS — It is very likely COVID-19 spread to humans through an animal, according to a World Health Organization/China study obtained by The Associated Press Monday. 

The study also says it is “extremely unlikely” the virus was leaked out of a lab in Wuhan, China. Both republicans and democrats have questions about the report.

“It might not be the most likely scenario on how this virus got out, but it has to remain a scenario,” said former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb

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