Pets living in households with COVID-19 are high likely to seroconvert and become ill

In a recent study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseasesresearchers investigated whether pet dogs and cats in the households of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-infected humans were at risk of infection. Study: Risk Factors for SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Illness in Cats and Dogs. Image Credit: Sharomka/Shutterstock Studies have demonstrated that several species … Read more

Dr. Fox: Should I feed my dog ​​raw food? | Farts

Dear Dr. Fox: What is your opinion about feeding raw food to dogs? My brother suggests I do this for my dog, a 6-year-old collie mix. JG, West Palm Beach, Florida Dear JG: I am all for feeding some raw fruits and vegetables to dogs, such as crushed blueberries and grated carrots. But because most … Read more

Dr. Fox: Are prescription pet foods worth the money? | Farts

Dear Dr. Fox: The owner of my local pet supply store is convinced that prescription diet foods from the vet’s office are garbage, and are to be avoided. I shared her opinion on a local Facebook page and a vet replied, contradicting her, saying that the food is good stuff and that vets make almost … Read more

Investigating an effective linear deoxyribonucleic acid COVID-19 vaccine option for domestic cats

In a recent article posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, investigators studied a linear deoxyribonucleic acid (linDNA) severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine option in felines. Study: A linear DNA vaccine candidate encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Receptor Binding Domain elicits protective immunity in domestic cats. Image Credit: Karrrtinki/Shutterstock Background SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus disease 2019 … Read more

Dr. Fox: Clemmons reader’s dog has a hot spot problem | Farts

Dear Dr. Fox: Your recent article about dogs having summer “hot spots” described what our schnauzer Max experiences. But he does not have any fleas, so I am thinking that his hot spots must originate with an allergy or some other source. What is your recommendation for canine hot spots that don’t come from fleas? … Read more