Can animals catch Kovid-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the chance of your dog catching the Kovid-19 strain is very slim.
Professor James Wood, head of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge, said: ‘Despite millions of people having Kovid-19, the number of pets found to be sick or infected is still small.
‘Simply put, our pet dogs and cats can catch Kovid-19 from us when they are living with us, but only on very rare occasions.
Scientists say that pets with Kovid-19 do not get very ill, and various pet organizations and charities say there is no need to be concerned.
The world’s first dog to catch coronavirus died after being declared free of disease and returned to its owner’s home in Hong Kong.
The owner of the 17-year-old Pomeranian, who also owned Kovid-19, did not allow the dog to be autopsied, so the exact cause of death is unknown.
How are animals infected?
Animal viruses are likely to be caught in the same way that a human does – when drops of breath enter the nostrils or mouths of pets.
Professor Wood said: ‘Cats can become infected with high doses of the virus transmitted by their infected owners in some settings.
‘The relative size of a human versus a cat means that a cat is much less breathed in a house than the amount of breath exhaled from a human patient.
‘In addition, the grooming behavior of cats means that they are more likely to catch infections on the contrary than its owner.’
When pets are reported to have the virus, they have signs that indicate respiratory disease.
Downing Street said the first cat infected in England had symptoms of respiratory infections with nasal discharge and shortness of breath.
Scientists have shown that cats, ferrets and hamsters are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. But ducks, chickens and pigs do not appear.
“The importance of SARS-CoV-2 as a feline or canine pathogen is unknown,” said William Wear, a professor at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.
He said that there have been no reports of dogs passing the virus or vice versa.
Can humans catch Kovid-19 with animals?
There is no evidence that a human can catch coronovirus from an animal in the same way as another human.
Kovid-19 spreads primarily through the droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said that pets produce ‘much lower levels of the virus’ than humans.
Professor James Wood, head of the University of Cambridge’s veterinary department, said that pets leave the breath much less – which may contain virus droplets – than humans.
In any case where a pet has tested positive for the virus, the owner allegedly did it first.
The WHO states: ‘While there is an example of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit Kovid-19.’
Professor Weir said: “At present, there is no evidence that cats, dogs or other domestic animals play any role in the epidemiology of human infection with SARS-CoV-2.”
An official report from Britain’s top vet says that pets can carry the virus on their fur, which transmits the disease from one person to another.
It added: ‘Close contacts such as codling, grooming, feeding and allowing animals to share food can all allow the transfer of viruses.’
The document, prepared by Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer, was considered at a meeting of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group of Emergencies (SAGE) on 30 April.
The report warned that the virus could survive on domesticated fur, meaning ‘a plausible route that the animal could act as a fomite’ [infectious object] Transfer the virus to others at home for at least a few hours. ‘
It added that pet owners who have symptoms to prevent their dog or cat from coming into contact with ‘susceptible humans’.
What precautions should I take while working with animals?
If you are ill with Kovid-19, it is recommended that you restrict contact with your dog and see if others can take care of them.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states: ‘It is still recommended that people ill with Kovid-19 make contact with animals until more information is found about the virus. This can keep both you and your animals healthy. ‘
How to be safe around your pets:
- Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, garbage or supplies
- Practice thoroughly cleaning and cleaning after pets
- Take pets to the vet regularly and talk to them if you have any questions about the health of your pet