Can your pet get Covid 19?

Can My Pet Get Covid? Onpets blog

As a pet parent you must be worried about the impact of the deadly Covid-19 on your four-legged baby. 

The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID 19 is the most widely known virus now, has shaken the entire world and driven a pandemic worldwide.

Though many cause illness in humans, or in certain types of animals such as cattle, camels, and bats, some infect only animals rather than humans.

What Experts Say:

According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are infected with COVID 19, you should avoid close contact with your pets, farm animals for the sake of their health. 

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that animals don’t appear to have any contribution in spreading the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID 19 from their skin, fur, or hair. However, young children, people with low immunity, and people above 65 should stay away from pets during COVID 19.

Reports from sources proved that pets got infected with close contact with the person who was COVID 19 infected. However, based on limited available information, health experts say the risk of getting infected by your pet is negligible.

Thus, Dr. Els Broens veterinary microbiologist from Utrecht University said, “If you have Covid, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people.”

Experts have confirmed that most animals are asymptomatic during COVID 19 positive and hardly display symptoms. 

But according to IVRI, in India cases are extremely rare and may include fever, fatigue, sneezing, coughing, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea etc.

Canine coronavirus (CCoV) one of the viruses among the coronavirus family, is not the same virus as SARS-CoV-2 that causes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In fact, CCoV does not affect people but it is seen that the Canine Coronavirus (CCoV) affects dogs especially puppies, and causes gastrointestinal discomfort, as opposed to respiratory diseases.

 
Some tips to protect your pet from COVID 19:
  1. Avoid public places or parks or gatherings.
  2. While walking with your dog, make your dog wear a leash and keep your dog at least 2 meters far from other animals or people. 
  3. For cats, you need to keep them indoors.

If you are sick, isolate yourself and avoid touching your pet until the disease is cured.

 
When your pet is COVID positive:

If the pet is positive follow the same precautions:

  1. First of all, isolate your pet in a separate room.
  2. Secondly, use gloves when you need to interact.
  3. Wash your hands after being in touch with your pet or his belongings.
  4. Don’t make him/her wear face coverings.
  5. Never disinfect your pet with chemicals.
  6. Most importantly, consult a vet as soon as possible.


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Source: cdc.gov 

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