Does the Coronavirus Affect My Dog?
In the past few months, we’ve unfortunately seen the outbreak of a new strand of Coronavirus effecting humans across continents.
We’ve seen many infographics and alerts teaching the public how to take precautions and reminders to be vigilant about hygiene practices. In times like these, pet owners are probably also worried about the health of their dogs and cats; especially as the recent strand of virus has been said to have originated from animal species.
In this blog, Raw & Fresh aims to answer burning questions from dog owners like, ‘Can my dog get Coronavirus?’ and, ‘Can I give my dog coronavirus?’.
What is the coronavirus?
Coronavirus actually refers to a large family of viruses and can cause illness in animals as well as humans. Previous major outbreaks from this family of viruses include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012.
The recent strand of the virus that came from Wuhan city in China, has been named the 2019-nCoV.
How does it affect pets?
At the present moment, there has been no evidence to suggest pets/dogs can be infected with the new, 2019-nCoV as stated by the World Health Organisation.
However, dogs can contract certain types of coronavirus, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus. This usually only spreads from dog-to-dog contact.
The current, newfound strand so far poses no threat to your pets.
Ways you can take precaution
Many pet owners, especially those in China, have started buying their dogs face masks, in hopes of reducing the possibility of a virus contraction. However, most advice from professionals claim dogs don’t actually need a mask for protection.
Pet owners, especially those in Australia don’t have to be too concerned and only need to follow regular health precautions when taking care of pets. If you are concerned about the health of your dog or pet, take them to see your local vet for further advice.
In the meantime, just make sure to maintain good hygiene practices with your pet and make sure they get the right nutrients to keep them healthy.
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