Can my dog or cat get coronavirus? Here is what owners need to know.

Can my dog or cat get coronavirus? Here is what owners need to know.

Here is what owners need to know.

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 novel Coronavirus as a global pandemic in early March 2020. It is absolutely normal for you to be worried for the health of your family, including that of your furkids. We’ve collated some important facts (based on credible sites) about coronavirus you need to know. Seriously, your dog does not need a mask.

Dogs and cats can test positive for the Covid-19. 

As of 25 March 2020, tests were conducted on 17 dogs and 8 cats from households in Hong Kong with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Only two dogs had tested positive. 

There is no evidence of direct transmission of COVID-19 from furkids to humans

Humans are more likely to infect the furkids than them to us. However, if there is a person who tested positive for coronavirus, it is recommended to avoid contact with any pets. Read more 

There is no reason to sanitize or wash your dog more frequently.

If your dog came in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, the risk of the virus particles on their skin is incredibly small. If your dog was exposed to someone with the virus, just give him a bath as you normally will. This will reduce the chance of infection. 

If your dog shows symptoms of coughing, please contact your vet immediately.

At the moment, there is no vaccination available to protect your dog from Coronavirus. Just make sure that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. However, if you are still concerned or noticed a change in your dog’s or cat’s behaviour, speak to your vet so they can better advise you.

Dog owners can protect dogs from COVID-19

By practising basic hygiene, like washing your hands with soap and water before and after contact with your pets. 

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If you are tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus,

  • Have one of your family members from the same household to take care of your pets.
  • Avoid petting, snuggling, kissed, sharing of food and bed with your pets.
  • If you are sick and have to be around the pets, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after interacting with them.
  • Wipe your pet’s fur and feet with grooming wipes to reduce the spread of germs.

Like us, many pawrents will be spending more time at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s normal to start feeling bored and restless. As much as you may be tempted to head out to dog park with your dog, dog parks are currently closed.

Here are 6 Things To Do With Your Dog While Staying Home to spice up the time together. Most importantly, enjoy the extra time with your furkids.

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