As the infection of coronavirus soars, pet owners are becoming increasingly worried if their pets can be infected with the coronavirus disease. Additionally, they are concerned if they can infect their pets when they are diagnosed with the virus disease.
There is no evidence pets and livestock can be infected or infect humans. A dog in Hong Kong was quarantined and samples from its nasal cavity and mouth tested ‘weak positive’ for the virus, the health authorities were quick to assure the public the incident is not a cause of alarm.
U.S. Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) states that there is no report of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. “Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.”
If you are sick with the coronavirus disease, you should restrict your contact with your animals. Have someone else care for your animals. If that is not possible, wash your hands with soap before and after contact with your animal. Also, wear your facemask. These are precautionary measures as noted by CDC: “Although there have been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.”
Practice good pet hygiene and clean your pets properly.
Should you put on a facemask on your pet? No. It will not prevent your animal from getting the virus disease. Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, “Masks made for pets may not be effective in preventing diseases transmitted by bodily fluid droplets. To protect your pet from respiratory diseases, vaccinate your pet for Bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza, which are the most common vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in pets.”