Coronavirus COVID-19 Pets FAQ Questions Answered
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Pets FAQ Questions Answered


Recently it was discovered that some dogs were infected by the coronavirus 2019 too. Pet owners were worried that they can spread coronavirus, and even more concerned that they can spread coronavirus to their pet dogs or pet cats (or pet hamsters and etc).

If you are a pet parent, you might be worried. Will you catch the virus from your pooch or vice versa? To clear the confusion, I will tell you about coronavirus and its relation to the animals.

What Is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are the group of viruses that attacks the enteric, respiratory, or systemic systems. The one that is happening right now, also well-known as COVID-19, attacks the respiratory system. This includes runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, cold, and even pneumonia. Remember back then when people used to wear masks because of the SARS? Do you remember the MERS outbreak too? It is because of these coronaviruses.

Can I Get Coronavirus From My Pet Dog or Cat?

No, you cannot get coronavirus COVID-19 from your dogs or cats, according to the World Health Organization. I know you may have heard about that one dog who tested “weak positive” for coronavirus, but the dog doesn’t show any signs of illness, and his owner was COVID-19 positive. The American Veterinary Medical Association explained that the dog might be carrying the virus from the owner in his snouts, or it’s because of environmental contamination, or an error, thus leading to the positive result in the dog’s test.

Even if by any chance, the dog is infected, it’s a low-level one. This means the dog might be a dead-end host, he won’t be sick or and he won’t spread the virus to other people or other animals.

But, the answer is still no, your dogs or cats can’t be infected with the new coronavirus, and can’t spread the virus. It’s good to wash your hands with soap and water after direct contact with them, though. By washing your hands, you can prevent yourself from getting bacteria like E.coli or Salmonella that your pets bring to you.

Can My Pet Dog Or Cat Get Sick From Coronavirus (COVID-19) From Us Humans? Can We Pass The Coronavirus To Our Pets?

No, there is no evidence that dogs or cats can get sick from coronavirus from us human hosts. The dog that was tested positive may be carrying his owner’s virus in his snouts and is not infected directly by the virus. There is still ongoing research on this. To be careful, do wash your hands before and after touching your pets. Refrain from your pets licking your face.

Should We Be Testing The Pets For Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, there is no need to test other pets for Coronavirus now as COVID-19 has not been found to infect pet dogs nor cats.

Can Our Pet Dog or Cat Serve As A Reservoir Of The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Spread To Other Humans?

No, if pet dogs or cats are not able to be infected by the COVID-19. The coronavirus strain in dogs will attack the intestinal area and ends up resulting in diarrhea in dogs. The coronavirus strain in cats will cause Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), and it’s an inflammation condition on the peritoneum (tummy area). It is different from COVID-19.

Up until now, there are no cases of pets being infected with COVID-19. As I explained before, the dog case who tested positive is weak positive. However, if in the future, the COVID-19 mutate and infect pets, vets and animal hospitals will need to start treatment for pet dogs and cats and start quarantine infected pets too.

Should We Quarantine Our Pets Too If They Have Symptoms Of Sickness?

Yes, quarantine your pets if they look sick is just basic healthcare, not just for coronavirus. You do not want your pets to spread illness of any kind to other pets or to other humans. Restrict them to an area with proper food and care, and wash your hands before and after handling them.

Bring your pet dog or cats to the vets in private transport and give the vets as many details as you can.

If You Have Family Members Who Are Sick, Can Your Pets Visit and Visit Other Non-sick Persons?

No, if your family members are sick and quarantined, they should not be in contact with other humans nor other pets. Similarly, if your pets are quarantined with the sick person, they should not be in contact with other healthy humans or pets too.

What Should We Do To Protect Our Pets During Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak?

If your family is healthy, you keep your pet indoors and they don’t meet other animals, don’t worry too much. If you want to be sure, just keep your dogs or cats vaccination up to date, check them up annually to the vet. Also, it’s good to make sure you have enough stock of their pet food, clean water, and any additional vitamin or supplement for them on your home during this moment.

  1. Get extra pet food in the home
  2. Make sure your pet has their usual vaccination from the vet
  3. Give it plenty of water and exercise
  4. Do wash your hands before and after touching your pets

However, if you are COVID-19 positive, minimalize your contact with pets, people, and other animals. If it’s possible, have someone else take care of your dogs or cats when you are sick. This means no petting, no snuggling, no kissing, and no food sharing between you and your pets. If you can’t delegate the pet-sitting, always wash your hands before and after you interact with them, and wear a facemask.

If you want, you can vaccinate your pet to prevent them from getting a respiratory disease. Vaccines available for pets are Bordetella, Parainfluenza, Canine influenza, and Coronavirus (it’s different from COVID-19 in humans).

Do My Pets Need To Wear A Mask?

No, they don’t need to wear a mask. Please be considerate that your pet’s respiratory system is important for their breathing and cooling. You don’t want to put a mask on their nose and disrupt those important bodily functions. Putting a mask on your pet’s nose can result in heatstroke, and we don’t want that.

Even in humans, the one who’s suggested to wear a mask is the people who tested positive for COVID-19. If you are healthy, you don’t have to wear a facemask.

To be honest, the problem that the world is facing now is panic buying from people. This action is reducing the medical supplies the doctors, nurses, and vets need. There aren’t facemasks available for the one who truly needs it, and people are buying hand sanitizer in large quantities too. The price for masks, hand sanitizer, hand soaps, and toilet rolls in some countries is increasing greatly. There are things you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus, and panic buying is not on the list.

Wash Your Hands After Handling Your Pets

As many people have reminded you before, or maybe you have read this somewhere else, it’s essential to wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, whether you own a pet or not. I know it’s easier to say than done, and if you know you touch your face often, then you should wash your hands more often too.

Wash your hands before and after touching your pets, this will reduce the spreading of all types of viruses, including coronavirus.

Like any other virus attack, coronavirus in humans can be prevented by vaccines, and scientists in the world are working to this very second to develop one.

Do not worry, there are several things you can do to make sure you do not catch the virus: exercise regularly, keep your body fit, eat healthy food, and vitamins if you need it. Keep up your personal hygiene by washing your hands every now and then. Be healthy, your pets need you.

For All Pet Owners: How To Tell The Difference In Symptoms For Cold vs Common Flu vs Coronavirus

This is for human symptoms, it is important for us pet owners to stay healthy and strong so that we can take good care of our beloved furkids! Do recognize the difference in symptoms in cold, flu and coronavirus, this will help you in seeking medical attention.

PetFoodCare how to tell the differences in symptoms for coronavirus vs Flu vs Cold
PetFoodCare how to tell the differences in symptoms for coronavirus vs Flu vs Cold

 

Once you are aware of the symptoms, you may feel better at ease. More knowledge to fight the coronavirus is a good thing. Please feel free to share with all fellow pet owners! We need to be strong so that we can take good care of our pet dogs and cats.

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