Los Angeles County Health Department Offers Free COVID-19 Testing for Pets

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing for pets that may have been exposed to the virus.

Los Angeles health officials announced the initiative on Aug. 20, stating that it has recently received funding to conduct the free COVIS-19 tests on pets.

Dog in the park

“Your pet may be eligible for free SARS-CoV-2 testing if they have been exposed to a human or animal with COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19,” the health department tweeted.

Funding comes from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to its website, which states it will “support surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in animals in Los Angeles County.”

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing for pets that may have been exposed to the virus.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing for pets that may have been exposed to the virus.
(Los Angeles County Department of Health)

The department says it plans to offer free testing to animal care centers and centers in Los Angeles County, stating that animals, including “deer, bats, raccoons…dogs, cats, hamsters, pocket pets…seals ” will be tested.

Pet owners can request a free COVID-19 test for their pet if it has symptoms of the coronavirus or has been exposed to another animal, or human, that has the coronavirus.

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Of the 177 animals tested so far, including dogs, cats, bats, raccoons, skunks, rats and sea lions, none have tested positive for COVID-19.

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