LSU vet school lab testing pet cats and dogs for COVID-19

Louisiana News

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State University veterinary school’s diagnostic lab is providing free COVID-19 testing for dogs and cats in Louisiana through the end of the year. A news release Wednesday said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying for the tests, and the Louisiana Office of Public Health is also a partner.

People who think their pets have been exposed to the coronavirus are asked to have their veterinarian take samples. The Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will send the veterinarian a free test kit, pay FedEx shipping if that is required, and process the sample for free.  Pet owners must complete a questionnaire and possibly talk to an epidemiologist.

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