Low-Cost Pet Vaccines of Southern California

If You Have Animals

THIS IS WHY YOUR DOG SHOULD BE VACCINATED FOR CORONAVIRUS

  We DO recommend that dogs get a coronavirus vaccine (and a booster in 3-4 weeks if they've never had one before) to eliminate presence of coronavirus in the environment (the dog coronavirus is NOT Covid-19). 

 It is estimated that 85% of dogs have coronavirus in their intestinal tracts, but those vaccinated do not have any detectable virus.  It couldn't hurt to manage this.  Coronavirus in dogs causes enteritis...diarrhea symptoms, and is seldom of severe clinical significance except when dogs have other severe diseases on top of Coronavirus. 


What you can do to prepare for ANY type of emergency in your home:


​-Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes too ill to care for pets.
-Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement and relocation of pets if necessary.
-Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event that boarding becomes necessary.
-Ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. It’s a good idea to include the prescription from your veterinarian with the medications and your pet’s to-go bag.
-Pets should have proper identification: a collar with ID tag and a microchip with current, up-to date contact information.


  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
  • Some coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but this is rare.
  • We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now primarily spreading from person to person.
  • At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.

  • We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations.

  • The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was in a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City.
  • CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including cats and dogs, reportedexternal icon to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
  • Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
  • Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and the role animals may play in the spread of COVID-19.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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