Everything You Need To Know About Ebola And Your Pets

Emilio Cogliani

By Jennifer J. Brown, Ph.D.

The news that Excalibur, the pet dog of Ebola-infected nurse Teresa Romero, was put down in Madrid, Spain, sparked an international outcry of protest — and worries about Ebola for pet owners here in the United States.

“The dog in Spain was put down due to fear and lack of education on the transmission of Ebola and infectious disease in dogs,” says Brandon Fouche, a pet expert at the Dog Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles.

The decision to euthanize the dog was “probably from an overabundance of caution,” says David C. Pigott, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). That’s because the Ebola virus only infects a few types of animals that can pass on the disease, and this excludes animals commonly kept as pets, like cats and dogs.

“At this time, there is no evidence that dogs or…

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