CORONA VIRUS AND YOUR DOG: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
You’ve likely heard about the Coronavirus by now. It can be more than a little scary when a virus like this seems to spread and act so quickly, but as dog lovers, many of us immediately turn our thoughts to our pups and older dogs at times like these. Especially if you’re familiar with the phrase, “Canine Coronavirus.”
“Can my dog get Coronavirus?” Or worse, “Can I give my dog Coronavirus?”
There is Canine Coronavirus Disease – however, it is not linked to this strain.
Canine Coronavirus gets its name from the same characteristic that human viruses get theirs – a round, crown-like appearance when viewed under an electron microscope. Most cases are caused by dogs eating poop that carries and harbors the virus. Another reason to keep his mouth away from any poop your dog might find.
Can i get Coronavirus from my dog?
At this point, there have been no reported cases of 2019-CoV in dogs at all.
Previous strains of Coronavirus were traced back to human-animal contact. SARS-CoV appears to have been caused via contact with civet cats, and MERS from dromedary camels. 2019-CoV is thought to have first been transferred to humans through snakes that were sold at a wet market in Wuhan. After infecting the human host, the virus causes respiratory issues and is spread from human-to-human, often through the air, via a sneeze or cough and only travels in actual droplets of water.
Can I give my dog the Coronavirus?
If you believe that you may be infected, you should immediately contact your doctor, and let them know you suspect that you may be infected before going to see them, so they can take precautions. See more about preventing the spread of Coronavirus at your local government website.
Previous strains of Coronavirus show that mammals, like camels and civet cats CAN get Coronavirus and infect humans. However, there doesn’t appear to be any cases of humans carrying Coronavirus infecting their pets for that matter.
Good hygiene practices should always be your first defense – wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you sneeze. For your dog – try to keep him from eating poop, pick up after him immediately when he does his business, and bathe him regularly.