CoronaVirus [COVID-19 & Our Dogs & Cats]: Can Our Pets Get &/Or Transmit the CoronaVirus to Us?
Our Pets & the CoronaVirus ~ COVID-19
Q: Is the CoronaVirus transmittable between our Pets & Us?
Q: Do we Need to Quarantine or Disinfect Our Dogs & Cats?
The burning questions being thought & asked among we pet enthusiasts. Here is the latest advice about the coronavirus and our/your pets
March 12th, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Organisation for Animal Health have also issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the coronavirus.
When a Pomeranian in Hong Kong tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 last week, pets quickly became part of the coronavirus conversation.
The case raised the alarming possibility that pets could become part of the transmission chain for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus ~ COVID-19, which could potentially harm both them and us. Many questions remain, and will for some time, about this possibility and how best to respond.
Q: Can we pass the new coronavirus to our pets or visa versa?
A: The SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, virus spreads from humans to humans. There is no research to support human to animal spread at this time.
Still, people infected should limit contact with their pets. Be sure to wash your hands frequently and don’t let your pets lick your face or hands. If the virus is in your secretions, and there’s any potential of transmission, these are ways it could possibly be transmitted.
Q: Can our Dogs & Cats serve as a reservoir of the virus and pass it back to us?
A: If pets become infected—and we don’t know if they can—then yes, they could serve as a reservoir. To date nothing has been reported therefore we will deal with them the same way we’re dealing with human cases when an infected pet is diagnosed. At that time we will then need to figure how to treat them. Just lie human hospitals, veterinarian clinics and hospitals will be prepared for a surge in the number of cases.
Q: If I get infected will we have to quarantine our pets too?
A: Yes, just like humans, some might be quarantined at a hospital. Or a shelter. Or even a doggy day care. If they had the virus but weren’t sick, you could quarantine them at home. You’d want to limit your contact with them. Perhaps keep them in a bedroom away from other people and animals. You’d want to wash your hands frequently, and perhaps wear a mask when you entered the room.
Q: If you have people in the same house—some quarantined, some not—can the pet visit both?
A: No. Out of an abundance of caution, the answer should be no.
Q: What should we be doing right now to protect our pets?
A: It is important to include pets in your family’s preparedness planning. If you get sick and are quarantined, you should make sure you have extra pet food on hand. And you should make your neighbors aware of any feeding, walking, or medications that your pets need in case you can’t make it back home. Get prepared now. food on hand. Even if he doesn’t need it [soon], he’s going to eat it eventually.