The coronavirus or COVID-19 was recently declared a global pandemic. It’s completely normal to be worried about the different health and safety measures we should all take as individuals to fight this virus. As a pet owner, you’ve probably asked yourself how to take care of your canine friends during this virus outbreak. Is coronavirus in dogs a possibility?
First things first: Can dogs get coronavirus?
The World Health Organization has stated that “there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.” Even though there’s only been one case of animal infection, it’s in our best interest to maintain a disease control plan.
Coronavirus in Dogs: How to Protect your Furry Friends
Although there is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 by a pet dog, the World Organisation for Animal Health(OIE) expressed that “because animals and people can sometimes share diseases (known as zoonotic diseases), it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.”
They encourage that, as usual, pet owners take basic hygiene measures when handling or caring for a pet. This means washing your hands before and after feeding dogs and cats; or handling pet food and supplies to avoid risk of disease. Remember, an infection like this may not show symptoms right away.
The OIE has also made clear that humans “who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices and wear a face mask if possible.”
Avoid Going Out! Join the #StayHome Movement
The best way to ensure we avoid the spread of the infection is to stay home. Whether you live in a mandatory quarantine area or not, we should all contribute to preventing the propagation of the disease. The last thing we want for our communities is an outbreak of this virus. There are plenty of ways to entertain while this chaotic time passes. Be sure to check out these indoor activities to try with your pet!
**Certapet is committed to keeping our community informed about this concerning topic. We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide the latest updates to ensure every ESA and pet owner’s safety.