Should I be worried about my pets getting Ebola?
The Ebola virus can spread to, and has been found in dogs, but to date, according to the Centers for Disease Control, infected dogs remain asymptomatic; they can harbor the virus, but are not affected by it. Dogs can, however, especially in the early stages of their infection, spread the disease to humans via bodily fluids. Once the dog’s immune system clears the virus, the dog is no longer infective.
Your family cats seem to be resistant to the Ebola virus, and your dogs, though they can become infected, remain asymptomatic. Dogs can also clear the virus without any treatment.
As the virus itself is relatively new, and we’re rapidly learning more about it, I’ll keep my eye out for any new information and provide it here.