COVID-19 has shifted life as we know it, and the COVID Council for Animal Health has strived to keep veterinarians and pet parents informed along the way with the latest updates.

April 8, 2021

Learn what we know about COVID-19 and pets, what’s changing, and what to keep an eye on. This is a Q&A session with our experts from the COVID Council for Animal Health including Trupanion’s own Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Steve Weinrauch, BVMS, MRCVS; Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM (Neuro), CCFP; Professor J. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM; and Professor Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM). They review clinical signs of COVID-19 in cats and dogs, the risk of transmission in cats and dogs, what the human vaccine means for pets and practical tips for your clients on protecting themselves and their pets.


  • Intro/review of where it started
  • Update on the animal side: what do we know?
  • Mutation stories in mink and VoCs (Variant of Concern)
  • What’s up with cats
  • Risk of transmission in cats vs dogs and back to humans
  • What are the clinical signs in animals?
  • To test or not to test?
  • Practical tips to keep your pets safe if you or someone from your household tests positive
  • Vaccination discussion—you, and your pets “If I am vaccinated, am I (and indirectly my pets) totally protected”
  • Q&A

About the COVID Council

By joining forces with worldwide authorities in pet health and welfare, the continued goal of the COVID Council for Animal Health is to provide the most current and useful information to the veterinary, shelter and pet parent community.

Bringing these leaders in pet health together to discuss timely and important issues continues our commitment, not only to our members but also to the worldwide community. We look forward to further spearheading this critical community effort with our esteemed colleagues. COVID Council panelists to date have included leadership from: The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), UF School of Veterinary Medicine-Shelter Medicine Program, The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Trupanion, MightyVet, and Not One More Vet.