Our pets bring joy to our homes and psychologically support us during difficult times. With their unconditional love, a part of our families, our pets are our biggest fans.
How they are not affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic?
Social media and the internet are significant information sources, but it is important where we get our information from. Like in every subject, information from non-reliable sources can worry pet owners.
What is the response of our physicians to “Can pets have COVID-19?”
Until now, there have been various information about pets that are contracted with COVID-19.
In Hong Kong, the coronavirus results of two dogs recorded positive. Both dogs got over the quarantine period health, but then we have learned that the 17-year-old dog has passed away. The other dog did not show any other symptoms.
In New York, two house cats and a tiger from Bronx Zoo are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Although researches show that the virus can be transmitted from cat to cat, since there is no evidence indicates that the virus can become common among the house cats or the virus can be transmitted from felines to humans, the scientists are telling pet owners to be calm.
One of the most important questions is “Can owners transmit COVID-19 to their pets?”
Many infectious diseases specialists and animal health associations agree that there is no evidence indicating that pets can get COVID-19 or can transmit the virus to other animals or humans.
Can dogs get COVID-19?
Dogs can also get respiratory diseases and when tested for COVID-10 the result might be positive, but this does not endanger their health and life.
What is the situation for cats?
As with dogs, cats can also show positive results, but the disease course is significantly milder and all cats, which are infected, are expected to have a full recovery.
If you are infected with coronavirus, what will happen to your pet during quarantine and healing processes?
If you are showing the symptoms of COVID-19, our specialists are warning you to be careful and stay away from your pet.
If no one can take care of your pet during quarantine, CDC recommends that you avoid contact with your pet as much as possible. Moreover, it is important that you do not share any personal items with your pet. Following all hygiene rules is important for both your and your pet’s health.
Wash your hands before and after you touch your pet and keep their materials away from the kitchen. Moreover, cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing or sneezing. Avoid contact with ill people and keep your social distance.
Pets are our irreplaceable friends and especially during this stressful and unclear time we need their presence. However, we should not forget that we have a responsibility to them, and their health is in our hands.