Is Your Dog at Risk of Contracting Coronavirus?
As of writing this, there are currently 47,000 cases of COVID-19. The vast majority of those cases are in China, but the world is still at the edge of its seat as it watches hundreds of people die each day.
Many people have begun putting surgical masks on their dogs, but is there any basis for such a peculiar action? Today, we’re gonna be taking a look at the data behind the coronavirus and seeing if you have any reason to worry about Fido falling ill.
Note: by the time you’re reading this article, the number of cases — along with the death toll — has probably been updated so be sure to check the official World Health Organization page where they post daily situation reports on the outbreak.
Risk of Infection?
The short answer is that there’s no evidence of any pets getting the novel coronavirus then infecting their owners or vice versa. This is according to a myth-busting page on the World Health Organization website.
If you’re still concerned about your dogs catching the virus then simply keep them indoors and maintain good canine hygiene. Don’t put surgical masks over them as this is extremely uncomfortable and can impair breathing in some cases.
It’s worth noting that this doesn’t apply to all animals. Civet cats and camels are suspected to be the intermediary species that passed the Wuhan coronavirus from bats to humans. Don’t go around petting wild animals because they’re far from man’s best friend.
Don’t ignore any symptoms in your dogs either. It’s likely not corona but you should still visit a vet so that they can diagnose the actual problem and take the proper measures needed to ensure your canine companion doesn’t deteriorate further.
Humans, on the other hand, are very susceptible to COVID-19 so be proactive in staying safe. Wash your hands, avoid large crowds, and be sure to cover your mouth when coughing — preferably with your arm — so that you don’t infect others.
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After all, just because they aren’t at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, that doesn’t mean they can’t be healthier with our treats. That’s all for now but have a happy, cautious, and virus-free day!