As we continue to navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continuously learning about its impact on us humans. However, one question that has been on the minds of many pet owners is, “How does Covid-19 affect dogs?” This question is not only important to those who share their homes with dogs, but also to the veterinary community and public health officials worldwide.
Table of Contents
- COVID-19 and Pets
- Can dogs get the Covid-19 virus?
- How does Covid-19 affect dogs’ health?
- How to protect your dogs from Covid-19?
- What to do if your dog tests positive for Covid-19?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- There have been cases of dogs testing positive for Covid-19, mostly after close contact with people infected with the virus.
- Most dogs that have tested positive for Covid-19 have had mild symptoms and recovered.
- There is currently no evidence that dogs can transmit the virus to humans.
- It’s important to maintain good hygiene practices with your pets, just as you would with humans.
COVID-19 and Pets
The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted our lives, and it seems it has affected our furry friends as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been a small number of pets, including dogs, infected with the virus that causes Covid-19, mostly after close contact with people with the virus.
Can Dogs Get the Covid-19 Virus?
Yes, dogs can get the Covid-19 virus. However, it’s important to note that the risk of dogs contracting the virus is very low. Most dogs that have tested positive for the virus have been in close contact with an infected person. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed only a handful of pets to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in the United States.
How Does Covid-19 Affect Dogs’ Health?
Most dogs that have been infected with the virus have shown mild symptoms or none at all. In some rare cases, dogs have fallen seriously ill. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, symptoms in dogs may include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, lethargy, sneezing, runny nose, eye discharge, vomiting, or diarrhea.
How to Protect Your Dogs from Covid-19?
The best way to protect your dogs from Covid-19 is to avoid exposing them to the virus. This means keeping them indoors or limiting their interaction with people and animals outside your household. If a person within your household becomes sick with Covid-19, they should avoid direct contact with your pets. If they must care for your pet, they should wash their hands before and after they interact with them.
What to Do If Your Dog Tests Positive for Covid-19?
If you think your dog has Covid-19 or if they have been around a human with Covid-19, you should call your veterinarian. They will provide advice based on your specific situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can dogs transmit Covid-19 to humans?
There is currently no evidence that dogs can transmit the virus to humans. However, it’s a good idea to wash your hands before and after interacting with your pet.
Should I get my dog tested for Covid-19?
Routine testing of animals for Covid-19 is not recommended at this time. If your pet shows signs of illness or has been exposed to a person with Covid-19, call your veterinarian.
Can I walk my dog during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Yes, you can still walk your dog. However, it’s important to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid crowded places.
Should I put a mask on my dog?
No, you should not put a mask on your dog. Covering a dog’s face could harm them.
What should I do if my dog is showing signs of illness?
If your dog is showing signs of illness, you should call your veterinarian immediately.
By understanding how Covid-19 affects dogs, we can take the necessary precautions to protect them and ourselves. Remember, while our dogs may be at risk, the primary mode of transmission of Covid-19 remains human-to-human contact. As always, the best protection for our pets is a well-informed and vigilant caregiver.
To learn more about dogs and their behavior, visit One Top Dog. Some interesting articles you might want to check out include dogs’ grooming needs, understanding your dog’s behavior, and choosing the right food for your dog.