The Covid-19 pandemic has raised questions in the minds of dog owners as to whether their pet can get infected with the virus and whether they can contract the disease from them. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S. has clarified that no evidence exists about whether pets can spread the virus. Therefore, dog owners need not panic but can continue to mingle comfortably with their pets while taking all precautions.
Can Dogs Get Covid-19?
The Covid-19 virus is not generally thought of as a threat to canines, though they can test positive for it. In Hong Kong, two dogs tested positive for the virus which health officials believe was transmitted to them by their human parents, but the pets did not show any illness symptoms. Hong Kong health officials state that their testing findings show that cats and dogs cannot easily get infected with Covid-19 and no evidence indicates that these pet animals could spread the virus.
On the other hand, the CDC advises that persons who test Covid-19 positive should avoid contact with dogs and other pet animals.
Tips to Protect Your Dog from Covid-19
Dog owners should follow hygiene precautions like thorough hands washing with water and soap before and after interactions with their pets. If you get infected with Covid-19 follow the below tips for proper dog care:
- Get another family member to take care of your pet while you recover
- Avoid contacting your pet and do not share bedding or food
- If you need to take care of your dog, wear a mask, and maintain hygiene before and after interaction with them.
To reduce germs and virus spread, you should wipe your dog’s feet and fur using grooming wipes after a walk outside. There is no need for fear and therefore do not abandon your dog due to coronavirus anxiety.
Petting Your Dog
Veterinary specialists say dog owners need not be concerned about contracting Covid-19 while petting the canine. The virus exists mainly on surfaces like doorknobs and countertops which are smooth. Porous elements like pet fur typically trap and absorb pathogens which makes it harder for humans to get infected with them via touch.
The CDC has issued the following guidelines on pet interactions during the Covid-19 situation:
- Do not allow your dog to engage with other animals or persons outside your home.
- Keep your dog indoors as much as possible so that they don’t interact with outside people or animals.
- While walking your dog, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Avoid public places and dog parks that are frequented by a high number of users.
Health officials indicate that there is no need for dog owners to fear about Covid-19. Continue loving and caring for your pet but follow the above-suggested precautions for mutual safety.
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