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Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

The world has significantly changed in the first quarter of 2020 due to the CoVID-19 global pandemic. All relevant health institutions and experts advise people to stay home, maintain high hygiene standards, avoid close contact with people and stay safe in general.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply for any breed.

The virus is still spreading uncontrollably and we are uncertain as to how long the situation is going to remain like this and what the outcome will be.

Since it’s a fairly new strain of Coronavirus, scientists haven’t yet examined all its characteristics in means of mortality, spreading, temperature resistance, etc. What we do know is that the virus is excreted through bodily discharge and can be transferred directly from person to person or via objects.

For dog owners, the question of whether dogs can spread the disease onto humans is of high importance. A few reports have shown that both dogs and cats have been tested positive for CoVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. These companion animals came from families that were also positive and were closely monitored.

Are Dogs at Risk?

The situation is being closely monitored and re-evaluated since new information continuously comes to light. Most experts believe that dogs are not easily infected with the virus and there is no real threat to their health. All animals tested positive showed no clinical signs of the disease.

Can Dogs Give the Coronavirus to People?

All major health organizations including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) stated that there is no evidence that a dog or any other companion animal has transmitted the virus to a person.

It’s more likely that the animals tested positive weren’t carriers of CoVID-19, but rather passive objects that had viral strains of their surfaces. For example, an infected person spreads the virus on objects inside the home by coughing or sneezing, so the dog likely got the virus on himself the same way. The absence of clinical signs in correlation with CoVID-19 supports this theory.

How to Handle Pets During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Authorities highly recommend that pet owners should wash their hands before and after handling animals, the pet’s food and water bowls, bedding, toys, etc. Also, people should avoid kissing their dogs for the time being. In the meantime, both human health officials and veterinarians will continue to monitor the situation as the pandemic evolves.

If a pet’s owners are hospitalized because of CoVID-19 infection, no one should attempt to retrieve the pet without receiving official clearing from a local public health authority.

Such locations shouldn’t be entered without protective equipment. Only trained individuals can wear this type of equipment.

Dogs from CoVID-19 positive households can be either temporarily sheltered in boarding facilities, other families or stay in their own homes while being supervised by animal service agency officials in cases when their owners are hospitalized. Boarding facilities that receive animals from people suspected to be infected should stick to the established biosafety and biosecurity practices for infectious diseases.

Originally posted 2020-04-06 18:43:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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