At Companion Animal Vets we share your concerns and know you will want to keep your pets happy and healthy as well.
Firstly let's make this clear- pets DO NOT appear to be infected with or carry COVID-19. But, it is possible that an infected person could leave viral particles on their pet just like any other surface.
Myxomatosis is a pox virus that affects rabbits. It was first introduced to Australia in 1950 to reduce the feral rabbit population. Initially it was rapidly fatal with very few survivors, however resistance has developed in the feral rabbit population and less deadly strain have emerged, allowing rabbit numbers to partly recover.
Diseases have been around for a long time, longer even than microscopes and genetic testing. This has resulted in a number of names for illnesses that are not very helpful, some can be even misleading.
‘Cat flu’, for example, is actually a number of different viruses and bacteria (none of them influenzas) that can cause similar symptoms in cats.
‘Kennel Cough’ is much the same in dogs and not many dogs that get it have actually been in kennels.