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Can my Pet Dog get Coronavirus?

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The recent coronavirus has been a serious health challenge to global heath. This situation has been described as Global Pandemic by World Health Organization. Counties around the world have taken first-of-its-kind drastic measures for trying to contain the spread of this virus. This leads to concern and worry for everyone's health and has got pet parents worried about their dogs.

Let's first understand about this virus and then unravel answer to this question.


What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Coronavirus disease (nicknamed as COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

This strain is suspected to have been transmitted to humans from bats.


What are COVID-19 symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

It can spread in any climate - cold or hot. With winter setting in Australia and upcoming flu season, everyone is advised to adopt protective measures. 


Can my Dog get COVID-19?

Not so long ago, a Hong Kong pet Pomeranian dog was diagnosed with "low level" infection that was suspected to have been passed from his pet parent. Per recent update the dog is no longer showing any signs of infection. Since there is no research to support human to animal spread at this time, people infected with COVID-19 should limit contact with their pets. 

It is important to include pets in your family's preparedness planning for this pandemic. If you get sick and are quarantined, you should make sure you have extra pet food on hand. Make sure your friends or neighbours are aware of any feeding, walking, or medications for your pet. In case you need to self-isolate it would be best for the pet to be taken care by someone else for few days. You can then rest and heal without worrying about your beloved companion.  

Here's a video from Grunge to explain this.


How to keep your dog safe during this coronavirus situation?

To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer. 

Pet owners should always wash their hands before and after being with their pets. Kissing and hugging should be avoided for now. 

We have made the following checklist to make it easy to follow:

  • Wash Your Hands
  • Wash or wipe dog’s paws, body and face once back from outside
  • Make an emergency plan for your pet
  • Avoid large gatherings 
  • Consult vet for tips 

Be sure to take care of yourself and your pet without panicking. Be safe and follow all preventive measures to ensure safety of others.