Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an extremely serious and fast-growing worldwide public health issue. Shops are struggling to cope with the demand on some products, countries are closing the borders and the majority of people are panicking about the situation.

One thing that hasn’t been mentioned much in the media is how the virus affects our pets, in particular, our dogs.

Can dogs catch Coronavirus?

The answer to this question is yes, dogs can catch Coronavirus. However, the good news is that vets and scientists believe that they cannot catch this strain of the virus. Coronavirus as a whole has been around for many years, but this new strain is what is effecting the globe so badly currently.

Can dogs spread the virus?

As the virus currently stands, scientists strongly believe that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted to humans from animals. However, it is important to remember that this is a new strain of virus and a lot of research is currently being carried out across the world into it. Just like other viruses and diseases, it also has the ability to mutate which means it is possible for the effects to alter over time.

“While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, 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. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

World Health Organization

Vets across the globe are constantly carrying out tests to make sure they are aware of the virus and how it can affect both humans and dogs.

How to avoid the spread of the virus

It is possible that your dog may pick up the virus whilst being out and about, just like we can carry it on our hands. For peace of mind, here’s some top tips for you and your dog for over the next few months, to reduce the risk of them bringing the virus into your home.

  • Wash your hands more than usual, especially after being outside or another building.
  • Avoid taking your dog on walks to high-populated areas.
  • Keep your dog on their lead, and avoid mixing with other dogs.
  • Wash your dog with pet-friendly soap more often than usual, and remember to then wash down the bath afterwards.
  • Wipe down your dog’s paws after a walk.
  • Don’t let your dog lick your face.

Sources:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/a31476524/can-dogs-get-coronavirus/

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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