Can dogs get coronavirus COVID-19?

In March 2020, world health organization has declared that COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic. With the spread of this virus, people are not only worried about their health but also worried about their dogs, cats and other animal pets health.
Hence, still, it is not proved that these pets play a vital role in spreading the virus in the entire countries like India, united states, china etc.
But there is a big question for dog owners: can dogs get coronavirus COVID-19?

Can dogs get Coronavirus COVID-19?

There is a probability that Dogs can get corona viruses Covid-19. This novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not assumed to be a health risk to dogs, but canines can be tested positive for this virus.
In the united states a pug named Winston from chapel hill, North Carolina is found the first case for dog testing positive for COVID-19. Where there are three family member and two of them are health care workers, were found positive for COVID-19.
According to Duke University, Winston was found positive out of two dogs, a cat and a lizard in the home.The dog suffered from mild symptoms and was recovering well.
Can dogs get coronavirus COVID-19?

Few more cases found, where Two pet dogs were tested positive in Hong Kong and both the dog lived in the same house with the COVID-19 positive owners.
The local health care officers stated that this transmission happed from human to animals where the dog didn't show any sign of illness from this virus.
So, Hong Kong official continued to test dogs and cats which was owned by the people infected with the coronavirus.
Hong Kong official stated that this infection is very infrequent to dogs so hong kong's agricultural, fisheries had conducted test on 17 dogs and 8 cats with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, only two dogs had tested positive for COVID-19.
Officials of hong king underlined that with this conclusion specify that dogs and cats are not infected easily with is virus and also there is no proof that they play a vital role in spreading the virus.

Can other animals get COVID-19?

In New York, Two pet cats were tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the cats has mild respiratory symptoms the reason behind getting infected that the cat lives with an owner who had tested positive for coronavirus. The other cat also showed mild respiratory symptoms.
The virus can be transmitted to these cat by the family members who were tested positive or an outside person who had come to owners home.

Can dogs spread COVID-19?

The WHO stated that there is no evidence that the dog plays any role in spreading the virus. This virus can be spread in the form of droplet via sneezing, cough, speaking closely. To secure yourself just keep your face covered, which reduces the chance of spreading droplet one to another.
The CDC says that “This virus has arisen from an animal source, this is now spreading person to person and there is no any reason to think that cats, dogs and other animals are the sources of spreading the virus.
The CDC advice that if there are any family members who have pets and the family members are tested positive for COVID-19, They are recommended to keep your pets away from yourself to keep your pet safe from being infected.

How can dog owners protect dogs from COVID-19?

Pet owners should follow some hygienic precautions such as washing hand with soap and water and after contact with pets including dogs and cats.
If any pet owner has been exposed with this virus, the owner should follow the circumstances -
Avoid contact with your pet when you are tested positive for COVID-19 like being kissed or licked, sharing your food or sleeping on the same bed.
While you are sick you must cover your face by cloth and wash your hand with soap and water after contact to pets like cats and dogs.
Keep cleaning the dog fur by wiping the fur and also clean their feet when they come from outside, This helps to reduce the germs.
There is one more protection for all your dogs is: At any situations, the owner should not abandon their dogs or other pets because of the fear of COVID-19.

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