Taking into account the latest news about the tiger Nadia from the Bronx Zoo, which had a positive result for coronavirus, as well as her lion friends, pet owners around the world are concerned about the welfare of their pets and the possibility of animals transmitting human coronavirus.
Are there any dogs that tested positive for coronavirus? Can dogs get COVID-19? These are the most common questions regarding pet welfare and will try to clarify some of these dilemmas.
Are dogs more resilient than cats?
Although in the past it was known that both dogs and cats become infected with coronaviruses, the new COVID-19 virus does not pose a significant threat to dogs. However, like large cats from the Bronx Zoo in New York, there were also cases where dogs had a positive test for a new coronavirus.
In Hong Kong, two dogs had a positive test result with their owners, but unlike their owners, there were no significant physical symptoms. Both cats and dogs can be infected with the virus, but there is still no evidence that they pose a threat to humans. On the contrary, in connection with the mentioned cases, it seems more likely that people pose a threat to their domestic dogs.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the source of the virus is indeed the source of animal origin, the spread occurs mainly among people. Another interesting piece of information is that dogs seem to be more resistant to the virus than cats. Cat lovers may disagree, but according to a study at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, cats are more likely to become infected.
However, it should be noted that all studies were conducted in laboratory conditions with high doses of COVID-19, which cannot be a realistic representation of real situations. Further research is needed, but it has been stated a lot of times that there is no risk of coronavirus infection for cat and dog owners.
Is it worth protecting your pets?
Yes, you must protect your pets from the virus. However, since the COVID-19 virus, as it turned out, causes a great panic among pet owners, it is worth noting that there is no reason to be afraid that your dog might infect you with a coronavirus. Undoubtedly, particles of the virus can appear in animal furs in small quantities (even if the risk is very low), so you may have to pay a little more attention to their hygiene.
Otherwise, general hygiene rules, such as hand washing and disinfection, will suffice.
What is suggested to do if you have a COVID-19?
If your test is positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you limit contact with your pet because of the potential virus to spread.