Should you protect your pet dog from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that’s spreading globally?
As we all know, coronavirus is quickly becoming a pandemic and fears are heightening around the world. In Hong Kong, a dog of a coronavirus patient was recently tested “weak positive” for coronavirus, making it the first case of a pet potentially being infected with COVID-19. On Friday, February 28, 2020, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department stated the swabs of the dog’s nasal and oral cavities tested “weak positive,” but he isn’t inhibiting any symptoms. It was later reported that the dog is simply tested positive for low levels due to environmental pollution of his mouth and nose, and is NOT actually infected with COVID-19.
In major cities throughout Mainland China, pet dogs can be found walking the streets with protective masks alongside their humans. It has also been reported that tens of thousands of pets in China are abandoned out of panic or due to quarantine of their humans. 🙁
Now, should you worry about your dog contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) or transmitting it to YOU?
The short answer is NO, NO.
Let’s hold our tails upright and stay calm here. Both Hong Kong health officials AND the World Health Organization have stated that there is NO evidence that pets (e.g. companion animals like cats and dogs) can be infected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or spread it to humans. Dogs are capable of contracting certain types of coronaviruses that are specific to dogs only, but NOT this particular coronavirus that originated from a wet market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China. However, good hygiene is highly recommended by health officials, especially thorough hand washing with soap after touching your precious dog or cat. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available. Don’t forget to make sure your hands are completely dry after washing and before touching anything or anyone.
So please do NOT abandon your furry friend out of panic.
WOOF, there is no need to protect your pet dog from coronavirus as you should NOT worry about your dog contracting coronavirus or spreading it to you! If anything, your dog or cat can ease your fears and anxiety about this worldwide outbreak. Studies have shown that having a dog or cat can make you both physically and mentally healthier; as loving dog and cat owners can attest, furry pals can help lower stress, cholesterol, blood pressure, and help you stay active, social, and happy. Hence, treat them well like real family members and you will only see the greatness coming back tenfold.
The World Health Organization reported that the Hong Kong dog, an older Pomeranian, who tested positive for COVID-19 is “doing well” and NOT displaying any symptoms of infection. Hong Kong officials reported that it is “likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission.” The WHO reiterated that there’s NO evidence of pets contracting the virus or dog-to-human coronavirus transmission so we can rest assured. However, they do recommend refraining from touching your pet if YOU are tested positive for coronavirus, which includes petting, kissing, and sharing food, etc.
All in all, there’s absolutely NO reason to panic!
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Markin’ it up,
Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob
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