Should my dog get a COVID shot? As of now, no plan to vaccinate pets

Marco B Divaio
There currently is no COVID-19 vaccine for pets.

If big cats such as pumas, cheetahs, lions, and tigers are being vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s reasonable to wonder if a small house cat should be vaccinated too.

Two weeks ago, it was announced that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium would soon be vaccinating some of their animals.

Zoetis, the vaccine being used at the Columbus Zoo, is in the process of being rolled out. And for those who are wondering whether to vaccinate their cat or dog at home, Dr. Jeanette O’Quin, associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has updates about the status. 

“Currently, we don’t have an approved vaccine. We have a similar (one) to what we see in the human side, we have an emergency vaccine approved for use in situations where animals are at higher risk or especially if they’re necessary to conservation programs, or if they’re of great value, that kind of thing.” 

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