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Cats are more susceptible than dogs and more likely to contract COVID from their owners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some cats that tested positive for COVID became ill with breathing and breathing problems, and one cat also had vomiting and diarrhea, according to VCA Animal Hospitals veterinarians.

Researchers at Texas A&M University sampled more than 580 pets living in homes where at least one person was infected and found that 100 of the animals were also infected. Only about a quarter of those infected showed signs and they were mild.

“Infected people who share space with their pets can infect their pets, just as humans can infect other people,” said Sarah Hamer, senior researcher at Texas A&M examining the impact of COVID. -19 on pets.

Because Omicron is highly contagious, social media is filled with posts from pet owners who are convinced their dog or cat is carrying the virus.

Wellington vet Dr Mark Planco said he had only seen one dog with upper respiratory disease after its owners tested positive. Because the symptoms were mild, the dog was not tested and picked up on his own.

The CDC has said a dog or cat with COVID will exhibit these symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sluggishness, sneezing, runny nose, loss of appetite, discharge from the eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea.