Your Pets and the Coronavirus

Experts are saying that there is no conclusive evidence that pets like dogs and cats can spread COVID-19 coronavirus, or that they can be a source of infection to people.

They say it is likely it works the other way round.

In fact, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong concluded: “The sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from the infected person and subsequently infected the dog.”

According to the evidence it is very unlikely that cats and dogs can contract the virus from people or serve as a source of this infection.

To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The CDC states there is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with the new coronavirus.

The World Organization for Animal Health says that “the current transmission of COVID-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease.”

Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM reports that it is important to stay current because viruses are constantly evolving. “The best thing you can do is stay informed by monitoring news from trusted sources,” she says.

A good place to find up-to-date information is the CDC’s FAQs on COVID-19 and Animals.

She also recommends good hygiene as 1 of the best defenses against infectious agents of all kinds. The CDC states, “it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.”

So, if your pet becomes ill, Dr. Coates recommends seeking appropriate medical or veterinary attention.

Have a healthy week, stay at home!

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