Can pets get Coronavirus? Pet owner all around the world are panicking and worrying about if their pets can get the Coronavirus pandemic, and if they should avoid interacting with their pets amid growing fears about the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). So, can pets spread Covid-19 ?and how to protect your pets from Coronavirus :
Can Pets Get Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
According to an Australian Vet : pets can suffer from a strain of Coronavirus, but it’s completely different to the Coronavirus pandemic occurring now.
9News Reported that – in Hong Kong a dog has been diagnosed with a “weak positive for Covid-19” in February, and fears that the covid-19 spreads among pets, dog owners started to dump their dogs in China’s shelters.
Many Pet owners requested across Sydney to euthanase their cats and dogs as a result of meaningless fears over transmission between species, Reports Vets in Sydney.
Dr Sam Kovac reported to 9News that “We didn’t put any of the pets down, we explained there is no evidence the coronavirus is in the Australian dog population, and no evidence that dogs can spread coronavirus to people“.
Dr Kovac, also added that while dogs can get affected by Coronavirus, it’s not worst as Covid-19 which is spreading across the globe, infecting hundreds and thousands of people.
Its Important to protect yourself from Coronavirus, in order to protect your pets and the people around you.
Pets Have been tested for Covid-19
The vet Sarah Caddy, a clinical research fellow in viral immunology at the University of Cambridge, said that “a test used to detect genetic material is a highly sensitive method of testing but is unable to tell whether coronavirus was replicating in the dog or whether the dog had simply licked contaminated surfaces in the home”, also she added that “the weak positive test, simply means that a small piece of viral genome was detected in a sample”.
They found traces of Covid-19 in a Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong its owner was diagnosed with the new virus.
“The most likely reason for the pets to have mildly positive results of having the covid-19 virus, was due to breathing contaminated air from the owner,” Explained Dr Jessica May, UK lead vet at video service FirstVet.