In these difficult times when many countries have been locked down to prevent the spread of coronavirus covid-19, pets and their owners are going through difficult times. During the lockdown we have seen many anxious pet owners who have so many questions regarding coronavirus and its impact on their pets.
We have compiled most asked questions in the form of FAQs for you to benefit.
Can dogs get infected by Coronavirus COVID-19?
No, Dogs can contract other forms of coronavirus like canine respiratory coronavirus but is unlikely to contract coronavirus covid-19. Although 2 cases have come up where dogs have been detected having Covid-19 contracted from their owners but these are very rare cases.
World Health Organization(WHO) has mentioned, “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.
Can dogs spread COVID-19?
Yes, Dogs can be carriers of Coronavirus covid-19 is they have come in contact with an infected person and carry the virus in their fur or paws.
It is difficult to contract coronavirus from dog fur since covid-19 virus survives well on flat surfaces like doorknobs or glass tops. Virus on soft fur of dogs or cats is likely to get absorbed in the fur and is unlikely to infect the person touching the fur.
Is it safe to pet my dog?
Yes, Petting your dog or cat can be relatively safe or low-risk action. The AVMA’s Chief Veterinary Officer says, “We’re not overly concerned about people contracting COVID-19 through contact with dogs and cats.”
Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for dogs and cats?
No, there is no Covid-19 vaccine for both humans and dogs/cats.
Can I walk my dog?
Yes, You can walk your dog daily since its a necessity for both dog and its owner. You might want to avoid lanes or roads where there is less density of people. You must practice social distancing even during walks and try to take routes that are relatively vacant. When are back from walk you must clean your dog paws with wet wipes or soap water.
How can dog owners protect dogs from coronavirus?
Just like humans, animals too need to be socially distanced from people who have Covid-19 infection. You must socially distance your pet from crowded places too which might have people having Covid-19 infection.
Can veterinarians test for COVID-19 in pets?
Yes, Pets can be testes for covid-19 virus but the local vet needs to confirm if the dog needs the test to be done on him or not.
If I am diagnosed with COVID-19, how do I protect my pet?
If you are infected with covid-19 virus then you must not be near your pet. You should not pet him, give him food etc. You will need an external help who can take care of your pet till you are tested covid-19 treated.
If you are infected with COVID-19, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that you “have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal, or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal.”
Should my pet wear a face mask in public?
No, Wearing a mask will not be any good for your pet. Masks will only cause breathing difficulties in pets.
Can you get the new coronavirus from your pet?
No, there is no evidence of humans contracting coronavirus from infected pets. There is anyways very low probability of your dog getting infected from a covid-19 patient.
The CDC says that “while this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.”