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Can Dogs Get COVID-19? According to scientific research, COVID-19 cannot harm dogs.
COVID-19 is currently spreading across the world is causing a high number of human deaths.
However, like our clothes can carry the virus, dogs can carry the virus on their body e.g. if someone coughed or sneezed onto them, but they are not thought to be able to carry it internally.
In this article, we will explain the current pandemic, different types of coronavirus that can affect your dog, and symptoms of coronavirus in humans and dogs.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are 1 of 40 viruses that are named because of their crown-shaped structure. Seven of these viruses have been identified to affect humans, most recently being the COVID-19.
More often than not, a human has suffered from 1 type of coronavirus during their life. This virus would have caused mild (cold, cough, sneezing, bad stomach) or severe symptoms (MERS, SARS).
Some coronaviruses specifically affect your dog (canine coronaviruses) or your cat (feline coronaviruses).
The new COVID-19 virus is affecting the human lungs and airways. Should you need more advice and up to date information, visit your local authority’s website.
CAN HUMANS GIVE THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 TO DOGS?
As previously mentioned, dogs can contract certain types of coronavirus, but the current COVID-19 is believed not to be a threat to dogs or cats.
Despite there being 1 case of a dog contracting COVID-19 in Hong Kong, the World Health Organization has stated that it is a “Human to Human” virus.
The positive COVID-19 dog case in Hong Kong is said to have been a “low-level infection” and are unsure how this was caused.
CAN DOGS GIVE HUMANS THE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?
Dogs can carry the coronavirus on them, the same way it can sit on inanimate objects or our clothes. But they cannot be “sickened” by the various types of viruses, and are not thought to be able to carry it internally.
A study suggests the virus can live up to 9 days on a given object.
Humans who have possibly come into contact with COVID-19 or tested positive should limit their contact with animals to avoid further spread.
It is more vital than ever that you’re washing your hands effectively after touching a dog, their food, or supplies. Moreover, you should be avoiding any licking, kissing, or food sharing from your pet at this time.
SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT CANINE CORONA?
No, you shouldn’t. As mentioned above, the canine corona symptoms in dogs are very mild. There is a canine corona vaccine that can protect your dog from the virus. Younger dogs are at more risk of CCoV than older dogs; this is something to be mindful of.
What Are The Symptoms of CCoV?
If your dog is older than six weeks, it is highly unlikely that it is CCoV causing the symptoms. CCoV generally develops symptoms 3-5 days after exposure.
These symptoms include:
> Lack of Eating
> Fever (sometimes)
Because the CCoV is highly contagious, dogs that mix/socialize with other dogs consistently are more likely to test positive.
How Do I Treat My Dogs Canine Coronavirus (CCoV)?
There is not a lot you can instantly do (from your home) if your dog is showing signs of CCoV. If your pup is showing any of the symptoms, just like other dog infections, diseases or viruses, you should seek medical advice and assistance straight away.
Phone your local vets or out of hours emergency vet.
What Viruses Can Dogs Transmit? Rabies, salmonella, and stomach bugs are the most recognized.
Can Dogs Get Salmonella From Raw Chicken? Allowing your dog to eat raw chicken is a concern, given the number of harmful bacteria that is commonly present.
Are Raw Eggs Good For Dogs? Dogs should never consume raw or under-cooked eggs. They are a significant threat to dogs as it can be a source of salmonella. Some people suggest that eggs lose their source of protein when cooked, but this isn’t the case.
Is Cheese Bad For Dogs? Cheese is a great treat and is excellent for training. Ensure your dog is not lactose intolerant before using cheese as a treat. A low or reduced-fat cheese is better for your dog and helps to reduce the possibility of them becoming overweight.