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

Conditions and Diseases Linked to Indoor and Outdoor Cats

The reason why cats are kept indoors is because people believe that they will be healthier and live longer as they are protected from hazards outside. There are however hazards inside the home as well. Below is a list of conditions and diseases which may be linked to both cats who live indoors and those that are allowed access to the outdoors.

Cats confined indoors

  • Feline urologic syndrome - disease associated with the lower urinary tract of the cat
  • Odontoclastic resorptive lesions - the loss of part of the tooth
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Household hazards
  • Behavioral problems such as inappropriate elimination
  • Boredom
  • Inactivity

Cats allowed access to the outside

  • Infectious diseases such as parasitic and viral diseases
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Other accidents such as falling from a tree
  • Fights with other cats
  • Attacks by humans, dogs and other animals
  • Poisoning
  • Theft
  • Going astray

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