Tuskegee U. veterinarian talks COVID-19, pets

Jaime Gomez with his beagle Maisie in Vancouver

Jaime Gomez with his beagle Maisie in Vancouver

"CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19", read a statement by CDC.

But the academy emphasized that "in a home where a sick person has COVID-19, the risk for people living under the same roof is much bigger from contact with the sick person than with the pet".

CDC also stated that they do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

According to the latest data by the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 has globally claimed over 11,201 live and 2,67,013 people have been tested positive for it. "That was several weeks ago, and it belonged to a woman who had tested positive". "It has some useful information for us. This article (of reference) says they have tested thousands of dogs and cats in the USA and had only negative results - so that is positive", she said.

A French medical body urged pet owners on Wednesday to take precautions like washing hands after stroking dogs or cats, saying the risk of catching COVID-19 from animals "cannot be ruled out".

'It is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

More than the virus itself, peripheral consequences such as closures are more likely to affect pets.

"Initially, there was quite a bit of panic buying of food, which has improved in the past few days", she said. "And most importantly ignoring remarks from people who are telling me it's not safe to keep them".

In brief, pets can't actually give you coronavirus by being infected with the virus, but they can get it from you, and they probably won't show any symptoms. "I think supplies are more of a distribution (issue)".

However, one expert told CNN the idea that pets can transmit COVID-19 is "nonsense".

"We are using a strict closed-door policy", she said.

Nguyen added that despite all efforts to keep regular hours, WPH would have to make some hourly adjustments. "But at the same time, we are making sure that we are available for those emergencies". And if there's exposure of the virus at the store, how long it'll be shut down to allow for cleaning.

As of March 19, WHS has established an appointment-only basis for adoptions and intake, closing the shelter to the general public. As many of us find our daily routines disrupted, it's important to develop new rituals and routines that help give pets structure. "They lower our blood pressure and can help calm us down". "But I am confident, with your support, we will get through this, together", Harmon said.

Some pet owners are still being more cautious than usual with their dog walk routines.

Can my dog or cat spread the coronavirus?

Keep pets busy with interactive games and toys.

If the pet was exposed to an infected person, it is theoretically possible that virus particles on their fur could be picked up by a human as a result of petting (although this is unlikely). "For a healthy person, there's no reason why they can't be around their pet".

There is no evidence to suggest this is necessary.

GreatPetCare.com, along with its veterinary contributors, is supplying information about the steps pet owners can take to prepare and protect their pets during the pandemic.

The concern here is from people, not other animals.

Restrict contact with other people and animals and adhere to social distancing guidelines. There is now no evidence to suggest that transmission from dog (or cat) to human has occurred.

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