Covid-19 Pet Testing

Tests for UK Pets

Following close contact with infected humans some animals may show clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19.

On the 27th July 2020 the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that SARS-CoV-2which is the virus known to cause COVID-19 in humans has been detected in a pet cat in the UK.

Covid-19 Pet Test

BSAVA Guidance on Testing Small Animals for Covid-19

Based on an extremely small number globally, there is emerging evidence that some animals can become infected with, and may show clinical signs of, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The causative agent of COVID-19, following close contact with infected humans (a reverse zoonosis).

Tests must only be conducted in the health and welfare interest of the animals with specific clinical signs. To consider testing, a case needs to meet 4 criteria.


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NationWide Laboratories offers swab testing by PCR with oropharyngeal swabs for animals that meet specified criteria.

Criteria for SARS-COV2 Pet Testing

a. The animal is a Felid, Canid or Mustelid. AND
b. It is exhibiting a combination of the following clinical signs as determined by a veterinary professional:

i. respiratory infection
ii. gastrointestinal infection
iii. fever

c. other common diagnoses have been considered and discounted as determined by a veterinary professional.
d. the animal has had confirmed contact with a suspect or known human case of COVID-19 within 3 weeks of developing clinical signs.

Based on current scientific knowledge oropharyngeal or rectal swabs are the only suitable specimen types for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection in animals.

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