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Addressing Potential Ebola Concerns Regarding Your Dog
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At Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, our top priority is the safety and well-being of your pet.  Many news outlets are reporting stories about Ebola but there is currently little known information about Ebola in dogs and cats. [1]

While BRVC serves as a reference for Bay Area residents with questions about their pets, we refer to the following organizations and sites for the most up to date information regarding Ebola:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

CDC - Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas-pets.html

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/index.cfm

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine - Ebola Fact Sheet 

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth%20/local_resources/pdfs/misc_pdfs/EbolaFactSheet.pdf

As of October 13th, 2014, the CDC updated their “Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets”.  Some of the important updates include[2]:

  • At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or animals.
  • The chances of a dog or cat being exposed to Ebola virus in the United States is very low as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a symptomatic person sick with Ebola.
  • It is important to keep people and animals away from blood or body fluids of a person with symptoms of Ebola infection.
  • There would not be any reason to test a dog or cat for Ebola if there was no exposure to a person infected with Ebola. Currently, routine testing for Ebola is not available for pets.

The full report can be read: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas-pets.html

We will continue to provide updated information regarding pets and Ebola as it becomes available.  


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