Day after day we see more and more social media posts of dogs and cats wearing face masks. All over the world numerous people are stressed over their own wellbeing as well as the health and wellness of their fur babies: dogs and cats.
With coronavirus on everyone’s mind right now, pet owners are concerned if their pets can get coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The World Health Organization has stated, “While 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.”
Certain types of coronavirus have occurred in dogs in the past, such as Canine coronavirus (CCoV). Yet, this particular novel coronavirus that is affecting humans worldwide, otherwise known as COVID-19, is considered to not be a danger to dogs.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), people can catch coronavirus (COVID-19) from other people who have the virus and can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with coronavirus coughs or exhales.
Just as you would limit your close contact with other people if you’ve been confirmed with the coronavirus (COVID-19), you should also keep in mind to limit your contact with your pets until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy. says the(CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As we all very much know, we must all regularly wash our hands frequently and thoroughly to protect ourselves. Remember, if you or your pet is ill, it’s best to seek the appropriate medical or veterinary attention.
Try your best not to panic! Stay informed by visiting trusted news sources. Check for current information on the CDC’s FAQs on COVID-19 and Animals.