When a pet goes missing, vets must treat it with the proper medicine
Posted March 15, 2019 06:02:55 Animal medicine clinic in the U.S. is facing an emergency, after a stray cat went missing, the Associated Press reported.
The animal is a rare and very contagious disease.
Dr. Scott M. Bock of the veterinary clinic, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, told the AP that the cat’s owner was at home with it, but the cat didn’t show any symptoms.
“It was a very mild case of the coronavirus,” Bock told the Associated Statesman.
“They’re very rare.”
Mice and rats are also susceptible to coronaviruses, and the pets are often found in abandoned or under-treated facilities, such as in the St. Louis area.
The CDC estimates that at least 5,500 Americans die from the coronvirus each year.
The AP said the cat owner reported the animal to the animal hospital in St Paul, which treated it for the infection.
The Associated Press has not confirmed whether the cat was euthanized, but Bock said the animal has been released.
Veterinarians are also taking care of stray dogs in the United States.
The Humane Society of the United Kingdom reported more than 6,000 dogs in its care were ill with the coronivirus.
“There’s a lot of concern,” Bocks told the BBC.
“This is an emergency situation, and I think we’re going to have to take some extra care to get them back to their owners.
We’ll see how we do that.”