UW Shelter Medicine Program Q&A with Dr. Sandra Newbury on new recommendations and protocol for sheltering COVID-19 exposed pets - Shared screen with speaker view
thank you Sandra for the protocol!! great help
Of those limited numbers of animals shown to have the virus, are they showing symptoms?
Steph, you might need to make her the co-host
Will this webinar be available afterwards to share with others?
Emilie-Lune Sauve HSI/Canada
Does the indication to leave in place healthy cats apply to stray animals or to animals left at home after an hospitalization ?
Re: Cats and the virus. Does this mean they are simply vectors to humans or concern the virus can actually manifest disease in them?
Is there a need to also wear mask and eye protection for handling exposed animal in shelter?
I have to leave for another call, but thank you for giving the latest fact based information for all of us in a calming manner.My question, if there is no transmission from animals in COVID-19 + pets, then why limit close contact with people?
So the reason for the PPE is so we don’t infect them?
So are we saying the urine and or feces are a method of transmission
do we need to pick up stool right away from covid exposed because there can be virus found in feces?the
feces are for a percent of people infected
All our dog intakes get a bath on admission and all cats get lime-dipped. Can we still do that?
I'm not sure how to ensure our fosters who will take in animals from COVID homes if we ask them to keep the animal separate from their other animals for 14 days, but at the same time tell the human they are safe to manage the animal immediately from transfer from the COVID home.
Maria Sadowski SPCA Florida
Curious: Do we think so few pets have tested positive because we haven’t really been testing them, or because there are truly few infected?
There must be a minimum time that the virus would survive on the fur though? I can’t see not wearing gloves when the client hands a chihuahua right into my hands.
Allie CVT Colorado Animal Rescue
is the PPE used just to collect the dog from homes or every time you care for them when they are in isolation?
PPE- gloves/gowns, not masks at this time?
Do we assume strays are from positive homes?
as a confirmation, there are not signs of COVID transferring from dogs/cats to humans, but there are very small sample of cats/dogs that got COVID from human. Therefore, any quarantine activities is to reduce the transfer of COVID between animals and not to the humane population.... Is this a fair statement?
would the mask and eyewear be useful to protect the animals (vs protecting us from the animals)?
it appears that we essentially quaranitne for 14 days-- could we house multiple animals from different covid + houses in the same room. If we do a true 14 day quarantine this will really limit many shelters in their ability to help the community animals.
What are the symptoms that pets are showing once infected?
Natalie Duck Bullard
If we are using an abundance of caution (which I agree with), why aren't we bathing animals? I don't think we can know at this point that animals aren't fomites.
thank you... thats helpful
Other than separating the animals from other animals in foster homes, are there other protocols on how animals from exposed homes should be handled in foster homes versus shelter environment? For example, should foster homes use PPE or take other precautions?
When we advise people to make a plan for their pet, if that plan is that a friend or neighbor takes in their pet, should we be letting the public know that if they take in a pet from covid positive home that they should separate it from their own pets? I'm concerned that this information is likely to panic the public and potentially lead to animals being abandoned.
I have a cat in foster right now with a covid patient. Should he remain there if foster recovers without having to go to hospital? Then we quarantine him for 14 days after we are able to pick up from foster? Or should cat stay quarantined w foster for 14 days after foster feels better?
people with long hair, keeping hair tied back may help in touching face less
so foster needs to wear PPE each time they work with that animal until 14 days?
Is there an email or phone number we can use to ask questions for specific scenarios as they arise?
if we sent in questions, should we put still them here?
*still put them here
If a foster parent is comfortable with this could an animal go directly from an infected home to the foster home and be segregated there? Is this something we would need to clear with public health?
Can the animals quarantine in foster? Or keep in shelter 14 days first?
if an animal comes into the shelter, can we send them to a foster home before the 14 days?
are urine and feces potentially a means of covid transmission ?
would the same be recommended for an owner's representative who picks up the exposed animal from the shelter?
We have two hospitals in the area, and staff are being asked to work 3-day-straight shifts. Our shelter has been asked if we would consider boarding dogs belonging to medical personnel. What are your thoughts on this?
We also have a cat in a foster home that is covid+ person, how can we move that cat on to an adoptive home? Cat did not eat in cage and had to be housed in an office while in-shelter.
You mentioned these are only for confirmed covid19 homes, but many of us are in areas where people are not tested unless hospitalized. We've written our protocol for confirmed or suspected covid19 homes and we rely on the families to self report this (not sure how much info we can legally ask for)- is this reasonable?
Sorry, I'm confused and need clarification. If a pet comes in with no known exposure history, they can go into foster without waiting 14 days, correct?
One of our cats from a covid+ home has what looks like regular feline URI at admission, do we need to do anything different with that cat?
Yes SReardon. This is for known exposure
With COVID-19 tests taking so long at this time do we consider animals coming from people showing signs of COVID being exposed, such as if they find an animal but they are waiting for the results of their test to come back.
is there any info around how many animals are coming into a shelter in large population areas from infected homes?
We have appreciated your help and guidance. This makes it so LESS scary to have you helping on the front lines!
It is starting to get posted on social media about the cat/ferret possible link. Im seeing techs asking about hazard pay. Any hints on answering client and staff questions?
We are working on a protocol for managing the logistics of a pet-friendly senior care facility facing an outbreak- do you have any suggestions? (Assuming the extreme risk conditions preclude pet sheltering-in-place.) Such a scenario may include evacuation (assuming multiple contaminated animals), potential long term housing, communication with a very sensitive population, and how PPE is utilized (rationed) in a high risk, multiple contact environment (with some sick people, some seemingly healthy), etc.
If folks are isolated and unable to leave their home does it make sense to offer dog walking services to keep the dog in the home?
We're anticipating that there will be an influx in our municipal shelter as more an more people get sick and hospitalized.
How many animals tested positive versus how many were tested?
If we take pets from humans working in the ER we are isolating them for 14 days or utilizing foster care. The two we have taken said that they ae not being tested and that fits with testing in our area.
If animal breaks w/ respiratory signs during the 14 days (a good portion of our dogs get CIRDC) what do we do?
should strays be quarantined?
So to clarify, are the new separation requirement a result of the concern of animals passing the virus to other animals or animals passing the virus to humans?
Has anyone established an SOP for nursing homes that allow animals in which residents may have tested postive?
only from known positive use PPE and quarantine but there may be many asymptomatically infected people carrying the virus who do not even know if they are positive (many people can't find tests and they take more than a week to get result)
Natalie Duck Bullard
If we don't think the dog is fomite, why is it concerning to walk them?
So far it seems as though dogs are less susceptible though…
Can we download this webinar later to share with staff?
Advice for if an exposed dog breaks with CIRDC while in quarantine? There is still no commerically available test, right?
We also have a cat in a foster home that is covid+ person, how can we move that cat on to an adoptive home? Cat did not eat in cage and had to be housed in an office while in-shelter. If she stays in foster for some period of time, does the cat no longer pose a risk?
Monday the risk to animals appears larger from humans than from other animals given the widespread transmission among humans
Minday not Monday!
Karina, same time frame and handling as in shleter
For WA state, what are the consequences if one was positive?
Dr. Wake from Cook County Animal Control wants to know: if we have a cat with URI symptoms from COVID suspect or positive household, should we contact public health if cat dies
TY Aleisha -14 days after foster people appear healthy the cat can move from foster to adopter with no restrictions? Or cat would have to do 14 days in-cage, in-shelter to move to adopter?
Based on the shedding of the virus before and after and how long it lives everything I read recommends wearing some type of mask. I agree that we do not need to wear the N95 masks but do think the staff and volunteers who come in and out of the shelter should wear them.
so we should check with our own state veterinarian if they want samples of animal from known + homes?
Karina- no need for in cage in shelter, just 14 days after past exposure. This is guidance based on really limited information and is likely to be updated as we learn more about duration until negative
When you say if an animal tests positive - is that a special test for COVID-19 in an animal since we certainly have the tests for regular dog based Corona and thinking those results would not be pertinent in regards to C-19
Yes, it is testing particular to SARS CoV-2
For those of us who have pets in foster in homes where the humans have developed covid-19, when does the post-exposure 14 days begin? While still in the home after all humans feel healthy or other?
Sinyee yes contact state vet and us as well, we can assist in that discussion if helpful
The foster developed covid-19 after they took the cat : (
Do we know anything about Covid 19 and pet birds? Are there any higher risks?
With COVID-19 tests taking so long at this time do we consider animals coming from people showing signs of COVID / waiting on test results being exposed?
You may have answered this but what about animals from homes where people are self isolating or being tested or have symptoms but haven't been tested?
We're wondering if the test they use on animals is the same test they use on people? Just curious.
do you have any recommendations on returning exposed animals to an owner's representative prior to the end of the 14d period?
We have family members of covid-19 hospitalized patients who are reluctant to take their relatives animals because they are concerned for their households' health. It sounds like we cannot guarantee them that there is no risk in doing that, they would need to follow some cautions in their home, and if that still freaks them out we can quarantine in-shelter for 14 days and then it's ok? Having this conversation with a family now
Question from NON MEDICAL BOSSES-If we have X number of staff coming in to clean/care etc. for animals anyways, can we take in animals from local shelters that are overwhelmed (I.e local/regional transport)
Apologies if this was answered but have there been any cases of animals showing symptoms in those few cases that did test positive?
The cat in Belgium did
Thank you - this was extremely helpful.
THIS WAS WONDERFUL! Please do it again as warranted!
Thank you very much!
thank you all so very much!
Thanks so much!
Thank you and take care of yourself.
Sara Raquel Orellana Peralta
Thank you very much!
Thank you soooo much!
thanks so much!!
Thanks! Everyone stay healthy
Thank you for all your hard work and communication during this time.
Thank you Dr Newbury... Much appreciated. This is the next best thing to seeing a presentation of yours in person. :)
stay well, thank you
thank y’all so much !
Sherri GalleTeske Humane Soc Port Cty WISC
I am pretty impressed-well prepared and very well done. Thank you-
Thank you! Stay safe everyone
Natalie Duck Bullard
Thank you so very much!
Excellent and informative. Much appreciate your guidance through this!
Very informative... thank you
Thank you for this presentation, and to everyone in the field for their continued commitment to shelters
Northern Tier Shelter Initiative
Maria Sadowski SPCA Florida