Many unknowns still surround COVID-19, including its potential effects on household pets.

With the lingering uncertainty, pet owners should be prepared to take special precautions to protect their furry family members in the event they themselves get sick, local animal experts told Brainerd Dispatch reporter Theresa Bourke on this week's episode of the "DispatchCast."

Catch her story along with the week's top lakes area headlines.

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