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Can Pets Be Affected by Coronavirus

Cats and dogs love to be cuddled by their owner. Is it still safe?

Can pets be affected by COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2 virus) disease? The spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus creates its share of uncertainties and pet owners don’t always know how to protect them. Here are some tips and expert advice on how to best handle the situation.

As the new coronavirus spreads across the world, pet owners are in limbo. Can my cat or dog be infected? Can my four-legged friend transmit the virus to me, or vice versa? Can I still pet my dog? And how can I best take care of my family, including cats and dogs, in these troubled times? We asked Dr Shane Ryan, President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), to shed some light on the most pressing issues.

“There is only limited evidence that dogs and cats play a role in the spread of this disease and that they can be infected with coronavirus. We also don’t know, at the moment, if they can get sick from this new coronavirus,” says Dr Shane Mike. According to him, the best thing to do at the moment is to stay calm and monitor the situation carefully. In addition, there is currently no evidence on transmission between pets and humans.

We know that the coronavirus was transmitted to humans from an animal in Wuhan, China, and is now spreading rapidly from person to person. For Dr. Mike, however, recommends pet owners to be vigilant and take precautionary measures.

The WSAVA works to improve clinical care for companion animals around the world. It represents more than 200,000 veterinarians around the world, through 113 member associations.

For owners of pets infected with the virus or who suspect they may be ill, Dr. Mike recommends simple steps to protect their pet.

“The owner of a pet who has Covid-19 should avoid contact with pets in the house, including petting, cuddling, kissing or licking, as well as sharing food. If possible, have another member of your household take care of your pets while you are sick. If the sick owner needs to care for the animal or has to come into contact with animals, he or she should wash their hands before and after interacting with the animal and wear a mask. “

If a pet develops an unexplained illness and has been exposed to a person infected with SARS-CoV19, the pet owner should notify the public health official caring for the affected infected human patient.

If a pet develops an unexplained illness and has been exposed to a person infected with SARS-CoV19, the pet owner should notify the public health official caring for the affected infected human patient.

However, knowledge about the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to improve and information about the disease and its impact on pets and their owners could evolve over the coming weeks and months.

Still, until we get to know this new virus properly, the best thing we can do is take good care of ourselves – and our pets.

Practical advice:

Avoid close contact with sick people.
Stay home!
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough; sneeze into a disposable tissue or into the crease of your elbow.

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