It is possible that pets with other symptoms may not have been seen by these doctors, whose focus was cardiology, Ferasin said.
The study was published Nov. 4 in the journal Veterinary Record. Subsequent reports in several European countries have also found domestic pets testing positive for the virus, Ferasin said.
From the research, it appears that the virus passed from the humans to the pets. There is no evidence that the virus passed from pets to humans, he noted.
“It looks like the virus can only be passed from humans to pets and that’s probably a very important message, to avoid the sort of a panic reaction in response to this publication,” Ferasin said. “We don’t want people to think that they may catch COVID from animals. It’s probably more likely the other way around.”
Dr. Jose Arce, president of the American Veterinary