SARS-CoV-2 in animals

The AVMA maintains its current recommendations  regarding SARS-CoV-2 and animals. These recommendations, which are  supported by guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), are that:

  • Animal owners without symptoms of COVID-19  should continue to practice good hygiene during interactions with  animals. This includes washing hands before and after such interactions  and when handling animal food, waste, or supplies.
  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors, when possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet  from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a  large number of people and dogs gather.
  • Until more is known about the virus, those ill  with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just  as you would restrict your contact with other people. Have another  member of your household or business take care of feeding and otherwise  caring for any animals, including pets.  If you have a service animal or  you must care for your animals, including pets, then wear a cloth face  covering; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them, and wash your hands  before and after any contact with them.
  • At this point in time, there is no evidence to  suggest that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, that may be  incidentally infected by humans play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
  • Routine testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 is NOT  recommended. Veterinarians are strongly encouraged to rule out other,  more common causes of illness in animals before considering testing for SARS-CoV-2 (see additional information under “Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2”).
  • Human outbreaks are driven by person-to-person  transmission. Accordingly, we see no reason to remove pets from homes  even if COVID-19 has been identified in members of the household, unless  there is risk that the pet itself is not able to be cared for  appropriately. 

During this pandemic emergency, animals and  people each need the support of the other and veterinarians are there to  support the good health of both.

Source: American Veterinary Medical Association

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Dr. Trudy Wade

Dr. Trudy Wade

Dr. Trudy Wade



Dr. Trudy Wade opened Jamestown Veterinary Hospital 37 years ago. She is a native of Guilford County and received her DVM Degree from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1980. She was the first female Veterinarian to own a Veterinary Hospital in Guilford County.  
Both Reagan and Palin, seven year old miniature dachshunds, Pence a black and tan hound mix, Evie and Ellie black lab mix, all adopted from the animal shelter reside with their mother Dr. Wade.     

Eron Pyatt

Dr. Trudy Wade

Dr. Trudy Wade



Eron has worked as a Veterinary Assistant for over 20 years at Jamestown Veterinary Hospital. He attended NC State University and he owns Lady a charcoal grey cat.