Will coronavirus transmit from humans to animals?
The New York Times reported that in Hong Kong, a dog has been tested ‘weak positive’ for COVID-19. It may be termed as low level infection. But scientists are still scrambling for solid information and tests to confirm human to animal transmission of the so called, novel coronavirus. In truth, this virus is spreading from man to man around the world. On the other hand, World Organisation for Animal Health says that ”the COVID-19 virus has an animal source. Yet, to date, there is not enough scientific evidence to identify a specific source or to explain the route of transmission from an animal source to humans”. So, the ultimate result is still unsure about whether an affected person is truly a threat to a healthy puppy. Now, let’s jump into what we should do to prevent dog coronavirus.
What are the general aspects of dog coronavirus?
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prefers you to wash hands after interacting with your pet anyway as your pets are tremendous sources of germs. Notably, they have not received any human to animal transmission of this disease as of today. In fact, they have not identified any pet affected with this virus as well. You may visit the CDC website for the latest and accurate information.
What does the World Health Organisation (WHO) say?
The WHO says, ‘’Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in animals. Occasionally, people get infected with these viruses which may then spread to other people. For example, SARS-CoV was associated with civet cats and MERS-CoV is transmitted by dromedary camels. Possible animal sources of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed.
To protect yourself, such as when visiting live animal markets, avoid direct contact with animals and surfaces in contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care to avoid contamination of uncooked foods and avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products.’’
Will I get affected via my pet?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) answers in the negative. They say, ‘there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19’.
How to deal with your pet from day to day?
In addition, the CDC suggests an affected person to stay away from his or her pets in any way. One has to treat their presence just like that of a human in this condition for the sake of precaution. You should put another person of your family in charge of the pet’s care when you are sick. You must keep away from your pet and avoid snuggling, petting, kissing, licking and food sharing in all situations. Have someone else walk the pet. Most importantly, if you are incapable of resisting petting your dog while you are sick, you should wash the hands both before and after you do it. Moreover, you have to wear face mask at this time.
What about a pet imported from China?
If you have recently imported an animal from China, you have to meet the requirements put ahead by the CDC and USADA. Besides, keep close eyes on it for any abnormal symptoms and report it immediately to the vet if there is any. Though there is little evidence that suggests companion animals as threats, there are actually scopes for some safeguarding actions as nothing is absolutely sure until now.
We hope these elaborate guidelines on dog coronavirus can assist your lovely relationship with the pet in this time of great concern. Be sure that you follow these for the safety of both yourself and your dog. Keep your pet animals away from the affected persons at all costs.