It seems highly likely that the new coronavirus, catchily named COVID-19, originated in animals. The current consensus seems to be that it is primarily a bat virus, although some genetic input from related coronaviruses circulating in snakes or pangolins has also been suggested. As a result, wondering if it could be transmitted to - or even by - other animal species is a reasonable question to ask. Can dogs carry coronavirus? Can cats carry coronavirus? In fact, can any pet carry coronavirus? In this blog, we’re going to look at the evidence, and discuss realistic ways forward for animal owners and veterinary organisations.