We have a lot of different concerns about SARS-CoV-2 on mink farms. Mink are really susceptible and human-mink infection isn’t uncommon, so if we continue to farm mink, we will continue to expose mink as long as this virus is around.

Two of the biggest concerns relate to the potential for mink to make things

As we start seeing a light at the end of the (long) tunnel, we have to think about how and when to restart various activities. One particular activity that I get a lot of emails about is pet therapy/visitation programs. These are great programs, where animals (usually, and ideally, dogs) are taken into facilities to

I’ve written a lot about raw pet food in the past. Initially, the concerns were about Salmonella, since raw-fed dogs and cats have high rates of shedding Salmonella, and both pets and owners can get sick from it (owners can be infected directly by the pet or from handling or cross-contamination from the pet

Ivermectin is a commonly used anti-parasitic in animals, and it’s also used in people to treat some parasitic diseases. Additionally, it’s still widely discussed in some internet circles for treatment or prevention of COVID-19. That’s based on mainly anecdotes, some in vitro study, and very poor quality “clinical trials”.

It’s led to stories of people

We’ve once again updated the Guide to Mitigating the Risk of Infection in Veterinary Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic (14-Apr-2021)It can also be accessed through the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Coronavirus FAQ webpage (member login required).

I’ll be happy when we can stop updating these guidelines. Progress is good and adding new information