Information for Veterinarians

For information and guidance related to animals and COVID-19, visit COVID-19 Pets and Other Animals.

Veterinarians should be aware of the risk for zoonotic diseases in pets, farm animals, and wildlife, as well as the risk of diseases spreading between animals and their owners. Veterinarians should counsel clients on disease prevention practices, including how to stay safe and healthy around pets and other animals. The following resources include current guidelines on specific zoonotic disease topics, educational resources, and references to disease-specific information.

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Guidelines and Recommendations

Disease-Specific Resources

CDC offers information for veterinarians on several common zoonotic infections that can spread between animals and people. For details regarding vaccination, treatment, testing, and other topics, please visit the disease-specific pages for veterinarians listed below.

Zoonotic Disease Outbreak Information

In addition to disease-specific information, CDC provides a list of current and recent US outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, including information for veterinarians regarding these outbreaks.

CDC Expert Commentaries

Highlighted Publications

Resources for Clients

Use these resources to give patients information on staying healthy around animals.

Poster for Animal Safety Alert: CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS-When in doubt, it’s best to keep out!

Animal Safety Alert: CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS – When in doubt, it’s best to keep out!

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Stay healthy around pet reptiles and amphibians!

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How to check your pet for ticks

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