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Coronavirus and Your Pet: Everything You Need to Know

As concern about Coronavirus or Covid-19 sweeps the globe, there is lots of advice being issued regarding human health but what about our furry friends?  Can they catch it?  Can they spread it?  What should you do if you need to take your pet to the vet?  Keep reading for all the answers.

Can My Pet Catch Coronavirus?

The World Organisation for Animal Health states that ‘the current spread of COVID-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.’

Didn’t a Dog Test Positive for the New Coronavirus in Hong Kong?

One dog in Hong Kong has been found to have had the virus in its nasal and oral cavities after living in close contact with a COVID-19 patient. That dog developed no symptoms and is not suspected to play any role in the owner’s (or anyone else’s) illness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states, “While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.”

What is “Canine” and “Feline” Coronavirus?

While dogs and cats appear to be unaffected by the latest Covid-19 virus, they do have their own coronaviruses to deal with but neither canine coronavirus nor feline coronavirus can infect people.  It’s a very different type of illness.

Keeping Your Dog Happy When Self Isolating

Dogs love mental stimulation and it’s a great way to keep them entertained if walks are limited.  Here are some tips to keep them happy inside.

  • Try teaching a new trick. Get a handful of their favourite treats and try teaching your dog how to wave a paw or roll over.
  • Play inside fetch or have a good game of tug of war with a toy or old slipper.
  • Hide treats around the house or garden and encourage your pup to sniff them out.
  • Play ‘My Dogs Favourite Podcast’ available on Spotify. It has a range of carefully selected spoken words, sounds and music designed to encourage relaxation.
  • Challenge your dog at meal times by using a Kong or food puzzle instead of his usual bowl.
What If I Can’t Leave The House But My Pets Needs A Vet?

There is no need for any animal to suffer during this period.  If your pet needs vet care, call us for advice. Do not leave the house to go to your vet if you are self-isolating, even if you have no symptoms. We will do our very best to help arrange a way of getting your sick animal into the clinic to be seen by one of our vets.

As always, if you have any concerns about the health or wellbeing of your pet, please get in touch.

St Kitts Veterinary Centre: 01252 844044
Basingstoke Veterinary Centre: 01256 844944
Crookham Park Veterinary Centre: 01252 913990
Firgrove Veterinary Centre: 01252 877799

 

 

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