Domestic cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in the future against Covid-19 to protect people

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This is a quick note but one worth making nonetheless. I think I can predict that in the long term, perhaps in about 18 months to 2 years time, governments in various countries, perhaps predominantly in the West, will be thinking about vaccinating companion animals as a second phase protective measure against Covid-19.  This is because there is a concern amongst some scientists that animals may create a reservoir for mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus. As the virus is zoonotic it can theoretically and actually be transmitted from animals to people and this must apply also to companion animals. Danish mink farmer with white mink due to be euthanised. Photo per credit Perhaps because of the general panicked nature of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic, not enough work has been done on this aspect of the spread of the disease. In addition nobody wants to alarm anybody which may lead to companion animal abuse. In fact, in China, at the outset of the pandemic, there were

Can cats eat cheese?

People ask Google: can cats eat cheese? Most people by now know the answer which, in short, is YES in small amounts because (a) cats like it for the fat content so it can be a treat and (b) in general, and to varying degrees, cats are lactose intolerant. Eating cheese or drinking milk can cause diarrhoea.

I use lactose free milk for my breakfast. I give my cat some. I suppose if there is lactose free cheese it should solve the problem mentioned above at (b).

All cat treats of human food are generally okay in small doses but check foodstuffs that are toxic to cats.

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