“In March, 2020, the World Health Organization stated that there is no evidence at present that cats and dog get Coronavirus, develop or spread the disease.”
Within the past few months, the cases of COVID-19 are growing rapidly every day and have already became a true global pandemic. So far to April 2020, it has affected over 2.5 million people worldwide. At this special time, one of many questions that haunts people who has pet is: Can our pet cat or dog get Coronavirus?
There have so far been two dogs testing positive for the coronavirus; A 17-year-old Pomeranian in HongKong that lived with a person who infected with the virus tested positive multiple times over multiple days. And it died three days later during quarantine. Subsequently, a second dog tested positive by RT-PCR. Neither dog showed any signs of illness, nor any immune response. In the Pomeranian, the test detected a “weak positive” for the COVID-19 in the nasal cavity. Results from a rectal swab and fecal samples were negative. So, what does this mean? In fact that this low level degree indicate nothing and the scientists in HK and the WHO are still unsure whether it is actually infected, or it just picked up traces of the virus by licking a contaminated surface. According to AVMA, “We have the cases from HongKong and Belgium, four cases (two cats, two dogs) that we can confirm and all of those animals were being cared for by people that actively had COVID-19”; So it is believed that the virus may have spread from the infected person to the pet animals at this special time.
Furthermore, researches show that COVID-19 virus are attaching in the nasal or oral cavities like it would on the surface of everyday objects. So the virus has spread to the dogs possibly from its infected owner, however, the virus does not cause illness in the pets.
“Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this particular coronavirus COVID-19, is not believed to be a threat to dogs.” Said The American Kennel Club, several days ago.
In response to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pet animals, experts says that pet parents should keep calm and not overreact. For the moment, there is no evidence that animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the Coronavirus COVID-19.
So do not believe any rumors that says cat or dog get coronavirus and infected to people. And DON’T abandon or throw your dog or cat away when you read some insane irresponsible article title like “Dogs and Cats will get Coronavirus and may spread the disease to people”; Only ignore it and do not believe in this type of articles. It’s just rumor and groundless. As a responsible pet parents, you should take good care of yourself and your pets even better than normal days before.
How to keep my dog and cat safe at this time?
The situation is still evolving, taking the highest precautionary steps to keep yourself and pet safe is the most wise choice, although there’s no evidence show that cat or dog get Coronavirus.
If you are not infected with Coronavirus, continue to interact with your dog and cat as usual. Wash your hands with soap and water after contact with your pet, regularly clean and disinfect dog’s food bowls, bedding, toys, and other supplies, do not go out for walking, etc.
If you have contracted the Coronavirus unfortunately, you need to be restricted to contact with your dog or cat and ask your family members or friends to take it to hospital for examination and disinfect and take good care for your pet.
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