A couple of weeks ago, the World Health Organisation(WHO) declared that the 2019 coronavirus is now a global pandemic. People all over the globe are worried about their health and we believe the same goes for your dogs as well.
- Can Dogs Get or Spread Coronavirus?
Dogs can contract specific types of coronaviruses, for example, the canine respiratory coronavirus, but the COVID-19 is believed not to be a threat to our four-legged friends.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there have been no reported cases of animals being affected with coronavirus. Their report says, “At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19,”.
Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and representative of China’s National Health Commission has requested everyone to maintain a good level of hygiene around themselves as well as their pets. “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals, especially pets.”
Centers For Disease Control And Prevention(CDC) has said that “while this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.” They have also requested anyone travelling to China to avoid animals, both dead or alive, “but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this novel coronavirus.”
Reports of a dog in Hong Kong being tested as “weak positive” for COVID-19 have been coming through, but Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Office for the AKC has said that, “The CDC has not reported any cases of pets or other animals becoming infected with COVID-19 in the United States or anywhere else in the world, including hotbeds like Italy.” He urges everyone to make most of their common sense when it comes to our pets and dogs. He says, “If you have children, you wouldn’t have them touch a puppy and put their fingers in their mouth, because they can have fecal contamination. The general practice of washing our hands after touching a puppy or a dog—that’s normal hygiene.”
All in all, pet owners ought to keep up their cleanliness standards, including washing hands when taking care of their pets, their nourishment and supplies and also not kissing them. Individuals who are sick must avoid getting in contact with pets and a veterinarian’s recommendation should to be looked upon if changes in a pet’s wellbeing conditions are identified.
- How To Keep Your Dogs and Pets Safe From Coronavirus?
For the people in the US, all you need to do is to follow the basic activities one should do to maintain a good level of hygiene i.e, washing hands with water and soap after contact with any animal. To reduce chances of spreading germs, what you can do is wipe your pet’s paws with a paw cleaner or a paw wipe when they come inside the house.
Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog, speak to a veterinarian. And the most important protection of all: Under no circumstances should owners abandon their dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears.
Let’s be responsible and empathetic towards all animals and help fight this coronavirus pandemic.
For More Information about COVID-19 in relation to your doggos and pets, keep reading the Dogge Discussion!