As the COVID-19 death toll has skyrocketed and hunger for cures or salves has intensified, people who work with pets have noticed that popular interest in vaccines meant to treat a different strain of coronavirus in dogs has surged. Perhaps it was inevitable that these drugs—long produced by companies like Durvet and Merck—would enjoy a moment in the spotlight. We are living through a paralyzing Most people likely want these vaccines to protect their pets from any possible risk during the current crisis—either unaware that these vaccines don’t target the strain of coronavirus behind COVID-19, or aware but hopeful that it will provide unexpected cross-protection. But a few vets and other animal-proximal professionals tell The Daily Beast that they worry some people, driven by misinformation, misunderstandings, and the scramble for even uncertain or unproven cures, may consider taking these dog drugs themselves. It is not clear how steep the Michelle Gerhard Jasny, a small private practice vet in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, told The Daily Beast that there have been conversations within the veterinary community about how the public may perceive or use these vaccines. The canine coronavirus vaccine only protects against CCoV, a strain of coronavirus that gives dogs mild… Read full this story
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