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Can My Dog Get Coronavirus?

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As early March arrived, the World Health Organization declared that the COVID-19 novel corona-virus is a Global Pandemic.

This panic had raised many doubts over the spread of this new virus which was still a new concept for researchers. People started googling and asking can my dog get coronavirus too?

Across social media, dogs wearing face masks have popped up in photos, raising several concerns among dog owners questioning whether their dog can get corona-virus.

Can My Dog Get Corona-Virus?

According to WHO, “there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread through droplets as in when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.”

Currently, throughout the world, there is no evidence of dogs testing positive.  There is a possibility that the owner might be susceptible to the virus, but dogs aren’t a source as such.

A few days ago, there were reports that a dog died due to human to the animal transmission of coronavirus, but they are just speculations. As they still don’t know the valid reasons. 

It is still possible that a person infected with COVID-19 could sneeze or contaminate their pet. Another infected person might touch the pet and can contract the disease. The risk of such transmission is rather low. COVID-19 generally, survives longer on surfaces like glass, metal rather than soft surfaces. It is still better to keep your dog away or isolated from you if you are sick. You wouldn’t want to infect your dog and then crib about it. Are you? 

Dogs Can Get Some Types of Other Corona Viruses

Before you panic, clear your mind about the virus. There are many types of coronaviruses. It is believed that there are some strains of this virus that animals can acquire, especially puppies.

Puppies are more at risk for these kinds of serious infections. Many veterinarians advise keeping your young puppies quarantined at home until they are fully vaccinated. That is typically 16 weeks of age, where it is important to keep them safe from even basic infections. 

Keep Yourself and Your Dog Safe

Humans are ought to protect themselves and their pets from various zoonotic illnesses. Here are some basic rules to follow for yourself and your pet. 

  1. It is advised not to let your dog touch or kiss your face if you seem sick. Saliva carries germs.
  2. Keep wiping your dog’s paws with paw wipes. You can get them at any pet supplies store. 
  3. Do not go out and take your pet out during the lockdown period. 
  4. Let your dog move freely at home, take him/her for rounds on the terrace. Indulge with your dog by playing games that require less touch. 

There can still be some confusion regarding how this virus can infect your doggo. But there aren’t any confirmed cases or answers yet.

So, the answer to your questions is to keep yourself and your house clean for your dog to stay happy and positive. There isn’t a COVID-19 vaccine for animals developed yet. So, now stay indoors and let your dog be safe.  

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