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Which animals can catch COVID-19, which can’t — and why it matters.

December 16, 2020
boston terrier wearing a green medical mask

Professor Jonathan Runstadler comments in a Vox article about which animals are most susceptible to SARS-CoV-2

Good news and bad news about senior horse care

December 2, 2020
Head shot of beautiful gray horse looking into the distance in the english countryside.

EQUUS Magazine features a Cummings School study that found caring for a geriatric horse with a chronic health condition can take a toll on caregivers.

The COVID Mink Crisis, Explained

December 1, 2020
white mink in a box

NBCNews.com Professor Jonathan Runstadler spoke with NBCNews.com about the COVID-19 outbreaks at Dutch mink farms. Read full story here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/here-s-why-denmark-culled-17-million-minks-now-plans-n1249610

Vets urge dog owners to keep masks out of reach after several emergencies

November 25, 2020
Lovable, chocolate colored dog holding surgical mask in his mouth.

Boston 25 News reports on risks related to pets ingesting face masks, following an emergency surgery at Foster Hospital performed by resident and alumna Catherine Stecyk.

Pets Exhibit Behavioral Issues with Humans Home in Pandemic

November 18, 2020
An umbrella cockatoo, named Izzy, is perching on a fence screeching

Clinical assistant professor Stephanie Borns-Weil talks with WBUR’s “All Things Considered” about how the pandemic has impacted pet behavior.