Is Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital Open?


As an essential business, we are committed to staying open and fully operational. All necessary precautions are being taken to maintain the safety of our facility, your pets, our staff and you. We continue to provide the veterinary care your pet needs, including surgery, medical care and vaccinations.

Please call us at (503) 644-3101 to schedule an appointment. Or, you can make appointment on line by visiting our home page under clients -> appointments. Please use the online form.

Our services and hospital operations comply with guidelines established by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Health Authority.

Can COVID-19 infect Dogs and Cats?

Short Answer:

  • In dogs, it’s possible but very rare and it doesn’t cause them to get sick.
  • Cats may be more easily infected than dogs, and cats do seem to get mildly sick.

In late February and early March, two dogs in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for COVID-19, suggesting that human-to-animal transmission might be possible. However neither dog showed clinical signs of infection, and it’s understood that the dogs were infected by their owners, who had tested positive for COVID-19.

More recently, a cat in Belgium tested positive for COVID-19 after the owner fell ill with the disease. This cat did display some digestive and respiratory clinical signs but recovered. A study from Wuhan, China also showed elevated immune response in ~15% of cats tested, suggesting susceptibility to the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.  The illness status of these cats was not included in the report. In New York City, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, and other tigers and lions living with the infected tiger displayed clinical signs, adding further evidence that cats are more affected by the infection than dogs.

Why are cats more susceptible than dogs?

The SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 enters cells via a receptor called ACE2. The ACE2 receptor of cats is nearly identical to the human receptor. The dog ACE2 receptor is only about 70% the same as the human receptor.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted by companion animals?

Short Answer: There is no evidence that dogs or cats can be a source of infection for humans.

At this point, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread from either dogs or cats to humans. Even as a passive carrier of the disease (e.g. if your dog’s fur is contaminated after playing with an infected person), it is very unlikely that your pet will transmit COVID-19.

However, as a precaution against all infectious diseases, regular hand washing and good hygiene are recommended before and after interacting with companion animals.

Given the recent COVID-19 diagnosis of the Bronx Zoo tiger, should pet owners be doing anything different to stay safe? Are there any new recommendations?

Short Answer: No new recommendations. Treat your pet like another member of the family: if you’re sick, keep them away.

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association all agree that there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

The recommendations for interaction with your pets have not changed. If you are sick, restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, have another member of your household take care of feeding and caring for your pets.

If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, wear a cloth facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them. Even if you are not sick, wash your hands before and after every interaction with your pet. An indoor cat poses virtually no risk to you. If your cat does get infected, it’s because they got it from you or someone in your family. At this time, COVID-19 appears to spread from humans to cats, and not from cats to humans.  To be extra cautious, keep your cat inside until the order to shelter-in-place is lifted.

What can I expect from my visit to Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital?

To ensure the safety and well being of our clients and staff, all appointments now occur without clients ever needing to enter the hospital. Please arrive with your phone fully-charged to ensure you can communicate effectively with our medical staff.

Please make your appointment online using our website. Fill out the online appointment request form. Once the appointment is confirmed, this information will be imported into your pet’s medical record.

  • Call us when you are in the parking lot. At this time you can relay any additional pertinent information. We will give specific instructions for drop-off. When it’s time for your pet’s appointment, a CMVH staff member will take your pet into the building.
  • During your pet’s appointment, you are free to wait in our outdoor waiting area, (no smoking) in your car, at your home, or anywhere that is most comfortable to you.
  • Your doctor may call you on your personal cell phone to learn more about your pet’s needs, recommend a treatment plan or give a progress report.
  • Once the appointment is complete, you will receive a call to begin the checkout process.
  • Following check out, you will be notified when your pet is ready to be released and a staff member will return your pet, along with any necessary medications, to you outside the lobby door. Please respect the 6 ft. rule…

What if my pet is experiencing an emergency medical condition?

Please call (503) 644-3101 during business hours.

After business hours please call:

Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency (503) 629-5800


DoveLewis Emergency (503-228-7281

What if I need to reschedule an appointment?

There is currently NO FEE for appointment cancellations. Please call us at (503) 644-3101. We appreciate a 24 hr notice from those who wish to reschedule their appointments. It allows us to schedule other appointments accordingly.

What else is Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital doing to protect patients, clients, and staff from COVID-19?


Our staff is committed to the health of your pet. We practice social distancing, wear reusable masks that are cleaned and sterilized regularly. When appropriate we wear exam gloves that are cleaned, recycled and sterilized. We will continue these practices until it we receive additional guidelines from the OVMA and/or the OHA.


We are regularly cleaning and disinfecting our facility to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We are following all current guidelines from the OVMA and the OHA to keep our staff, patients and you safe.

What if I have other questions about COVID-19 and pets?

We are closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 outbreak and relaying as much information as we can from government agencies and veterinary experts.

If you have further questions about this rapidly evolving situation, please email them to: We will address them as soon as we can. Please check back for more information and updates.

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