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This suggests that the dog has a low-level of infection of the novel coronavirus and this is likely to be a result of human to animal transmission. At the moment, evidence would suggest that COVID-19 is not “zoonotic”, and is unlikely to spread from animals to humans, and the predominant route of transmission of COVID-19 is still contact human to human or between humans and inanimate objects.
At this time, the World Health Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) have advised that: “There is no evidence that dogs (or cats) can contract or spread infection of COVID-19.” Pet owners are at no more risk from their furry friends than they are inanimate objects such as a door handle. The best approach is still to stick to good hygiene, using soap and water to wash hands regularly throughout the day.
We will endeavour to keep up to date with the situation, and inform our clients as soon as we have any more information. We advise clients to keep up to date with scientific reports, rather than relying on the tabloid news headlines.
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How do I assess my cat’s weight?
Firstly to assess if your cat is a healthy weight, we would begin by looking at the animal’s ribs. At ideal weight you will be able to place your hands over their ribs and feel their ribs easily with minimal fat covering. For a cat that is underweight, their ribs will be pronounced with little fat cover and will benefit from gaining weight. For a cat that is overweight, you may find it difficult to feel their ribs if there is a large amount of fat covering and will benefit from losing a little weight.
Secondly we can look at your cat’s body shape from above. At ideal weight their waist will gather in behind the last rib. For a cat that is overweight, there will be no obvious waist line.
Next we can look at their tummy. When they are standing, a cat’s tummy line should tuck in behind their ribs when they are at ideal weight. In a cat that is overweight, their tummy may be rounded or may have a ‘fat pad’ that sags down, these individuals may benefit from slight weight loss.
Lastly we can assess the cat’s spine by running our fingers down their spine. In a cat at ideal weight you will be able to feel the spine with a thin covering of fat, but it won’t be prominently seen. If a cat is underweight, the spine will be visible with little fat covering and would benefit from a weight gain. If a cat is overweight, the spine will be difficult to feel with a large fat lining and may benefit from a little weight loss.