Can dogs get COVID 19 – Officially a year has passed since the world faced a global pandemic, the deadly coronavirus disease of 2019. Yes, that’s right, last year in march 2020, WHO declared covid – 19 as a global pandemic.
While adjusting in the current scenario and preparing yourself for the war against the deadly coronavirus, with your mask, sanitiser and gloves yet again day after day; do you also wonder if your dog can get infected by the virus? Or what if he actually gets infected by the virus?
Fortunately, so far there is no evidence that dogs play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2. Continue reading below to learn everything about dogs and COVID – 19.
Can Dogs Contract SARS-CoV-2?
The number of cases of animals getting infected with coronavirus is very low. Although, the rare cases encountered so far, suggest that animals can contract canine respiratory coronavirus.
There is no hard evidence that how does the specific virus affect the dogs, but it is not believed to have any serious health threats or to cause death. However, your dog can test positive for the novel coronavirus
Can Dogs Spread The Virus To Human Beings?
The exact origin of the dreadful coronavirus is still unknown, however it is strongly suspected to have jumped from an animal species, specifically bats; but then started transmitting from one human to another.
So far, there is no such case to prove that dogs can spread the virus to human being. Based on the limited data available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to human beings is very low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So far, the evidence of transmission from animals has been suspected in only one animal species called mink. According to a study by dutch veterinary scientists, some of the workers from mink farms were directly infected by the minks. The study included 97 farmers from 16 mink farms.
Can People Spread The Virus To Dogs?
Although we are still discovering the newly found virus, the evidences prove that humans can spread the novel coronavirus to animals, especially if the animals are in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus.
In Hong Kong, two dogs that tested positive for coronavirus, were living in close proximity with their COVID – 19 positive owners. The local health officials consider it the case of human-to-animal transmission. The thing to note here is that none of the dogs showed any symptoms of illness from the virus.
Additional reports that followed, included reports of a dog and two cats that contracted the virus from a COVID – 19 positive human being, who had been in close contact with the mentioned animals. All the three animals had mild symptoms and did not show any signs of serious illness
What Are The Symptoms Of COVID - 19 In Pets?
The limited information and evidence available to us suggest that the animals either do not have any symptoms of the virus or show mild signs. According to CDC, the mild symptoms that might occur in your pet are:
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Appearing lethargic or sluggish
- Eye discharge
What Should You Do If You Think Your Pet Has COVID - 19?
If you think your pet is infected with coronavirus, you should call your veterinarian to discuss the next steps. After talking about the symptoms with you, he will probably ask you to bring your pet to the hospital for the test.
Yes, the tests are available for the pets as well. But it recommended to avoid routine tests at this moment. However, your vet may ask you to get your pet tested if shows any symptoms or has been in close contact of a COVID – 19 patient.
How To Take Care Of A Dog With COVID - 19?
So far, most of the dogs tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 has shown mild symptoms and can be cured at home. If your dog is infected with SARS-CoV-2, do the following:
- Keep your dog at home : Do not take your pet at any public places such as parks or groomers. If you do not have a backyard in your house, walk your dog with a least and try to keep at a 6 feet distance from others.
- It’s time to quarantine : Do not sit with your pet in the same room. Keep it isolated in a different room, to avoid its contact with the family members or other pets at home. Wear a mask when you go in your pet’s room.
- Disinfect : Clean up your dog’s waste regularly, and wear your gloves to do so. Disinfect their bowls and toys with warm water on a regular basis. Remember to wash your hands afterwards.
- Laundry : Warm water and detergent should be used to kill the virus from your dog’s laundry.
- Monitor Symptoms : Carefully monitor the symptoms of your pet. Call your veterinarian if you notice any new symptom, old symptoms getting worse or your pet having problem in breathing.
How Should I Protect My Dog From COVID - 19?
You can protect your dog from SARS-CoV-2 by following the guidelines listed below:
- Avoid your dog’s contact with the outside world. You can do so by limiting the trips to parks, groomers or day cares.
- When you take your dog for a walk, use a least and try to keep your pet at a 6 feet distance from other people.
- Clean your dog’s feet and fur on a regular basis
How Can I Protect My Pet If I Tested Positive For COVID - 19?
The CDC has provided following guidelines for pet care, for people who tested positive for COVID – 19:
- Ask a family member who has not tested positive for COVID – 19, to take care of your pet whilst you are sick.
- Do not allow your pet to enter in your room. Avoid any kind of contact such as bedding, snuggling, petting or sharing food.
- If you have to take care of your pet yourself, wear a cloth mask and wash your hands before and after taking care of them.