There is no evidence as yet that COVID-19 can be spread from animals to humans. However, with panic all around us, we must ensure certain basic rules are followed with respect to humans as well as pets at home.
Washing hands every now and then remains the most significant measure of precaution against the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, you must cover your face and nose when out in public, and avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily. Buttons inside an elevator, railings on staircases, and currency notes may contain a host of viruses including the coronavirus. Also, maintaining at least 6 feet of gap from others is also important to avoid coming in close contact with infected people.
If you have a pet at home, you might want some doubts and questions in your mind. Read on for answers to some of those.
Can my dog contract COVID-19?
A few animals have been reported to have contracted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through humans. However, there is no evidence yet that pets who have contracted COVID-19 will show symptoms of sickness. It is because some viruses may infect an animal but may not be able to make them sick.
Can my dog spread COVID-19?
So far, scientists have not yet found any definite proof that a dog or any other pet have a significant role in spreading COVID-19 in humans. Humans get infected from other humans when they come in contact with the mucus or saliva droplets of an infected person.
What to do with my pet if I have coronavirus?
Quarantine yourself and restrict contact with your pet. Try to arrange for a dedicated person to ensure proper and timely food and walks for the pet. If you ought to take care of those needs by yourself, you must wash your hands thoroughly before and after petting the animal. Also, keep a mask on.
Should my pet wear a mask too?
A human face mask might not be able to restrict the entry of viruses in the dog’s nose or mouth. Moreover, your pet may not be comfortable at all to wear a mask and may panic.