Thousands of specimens show no evidence of COVID-19 in pets

Can pets be infected with COVID-19?

Can pets be infected with COVID-19?

According to the latest data by the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 has globally claimed over 11,201 live and 2,67,013 people have been tested positive for it.

A good place to find up-to-date information is the CDC's FAQs on COVID-19 and Animals. "Pet parents should not feel like they have to compromise their pets' nutrition or other needs during this pandemic". Indeed, it serves as an excellent reminder to pull that plan together now if you don't have one already.

For now, pets are thought to be safe when it comes to COVID-19.

Whether you are playing with, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet, it is important to wash your hands before and after care to help reduce the risk of getting sick from germs pets naturally can carry.

Pet owners can choose to make payments over the phone or come inside to pay.

Animals are often regarded as members of a family, so it would be natural for coronavirus concerns to extend to pets.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the World Health Organization state that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19.

Many Wuhan residents in China evacuated their homes after the lockdown, leaving behind their cats and dogs leading to many dying of starvation or being killed.

So pet owners can now hug their four-legged best friend without the fear of being infected.

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In case you have to self-quarantine, you should prepare an emergency kit that includes a 30-day supply of your pets' medications, as well as at least two weeks' worth of food. People should engage in indoor games with their pets. The good news for humans is they can't catch any of them. They're concerned about whether pets can contract the disease, if pet food will continue to be stocked in stores, and how they can provide their pets with enrichment and keep them active at home. Also, consider making a potty for your dog in the backyard by bordering off an area of the yard. Stay safe and stay home. The second is one-on-one paid virtual video consults with your pet's primary veterinarian, providing pet owners with more in-depth support, treatment options, and ensuring continuity of care.

"We hope this advice will help owners help their pets, while looking after themselves too".

Some pet owners are still being more cautious than usual with their dog walk routines.

The SARS outbreak of 2002-2003, caused by a coronavirus genetically close to COVID-19, was able to infect several animal species including racoons, cats and hamsters, the academy said.

"We are recommending that you separate yourself from your pets, because it is possible that that you can pass it on to your pets, but at the same time, they're not going to show any signs".

The best thing to do to protect your pets from the coronavirus is by washing or sanitizing your hands before holding your fur babies. Do not kiss them or snuggle with them, and wear a face mask around them.

Then there's the worst scenario - being in hospital quarantine or care that makes separation from one's pet unavoidable. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.

Scott Yoffe, at Rover, for sending this resource: Dogs and the Coronavirus: A Resource Guide for Pet Parents About COVID-19.

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