Overview of Coronavirus

 

Coronaviruses are a group of highly contagious viruses that affect humans with symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, and fever. The severity of these symptoms can be as mild as a common cold or as severe as pneumonia. Coronaviruses are easily spread through direct contact with an infected person and can linger in the air for a period of time after the sick person talks, coughs, or sneezes. To protect yourself from COVID-19, wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water, avoid touching your face, and avoid contact with any person who is sick.

 

While we’ve been hearing about the latest Coronavirus outbreak for several weeks, we now have to ask the question: how will coronavirus affect my pet? Ambassador Veterinary Hospital in Union City, NJ has outlined how severe the risk of exposure is to your pet, along with ways to prevent them from getting the infection.

Coronavirus & Animals: What’s the Risk of Infection?

 

Coronaviruses are common in some domestic and wild animal species including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, camels, ferrets and bats, among others. While not common, in rare cases coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. Confirmed reports prove that the last two major coronavirus outbreaks were transmitted from the masked palm civet (SARS) and dromedary camels (MERS) to infected humans. There is an ongoing investigation to find the source of the current COVID-19 virus, which is thought to have been contracted through bats.

Can my Pet Contract Coronavirus?

 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains that there is NO EVIDENCE suggesting dogs or cats will become a source of infection of the current Coronavirus outbreak. It was recently reported that one dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” for the virus after being exposed to the owner who was confirmed infected with COVID-19. However, the dog is not currently showing any signs of illness. It is unknown if the detection was caused by the virus or by the contaminated environment the dog had been exposed to for an extended period of time.

Coronavirus & Pet Prevention

 

As always, animal owners should continue to include pets and other animals in their emergency preparedness planning, including keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand. There is no antiviral agent proven to be effective against this disease, and there is no immunization available. The immediate health risk to the general public in the U.S. is still considered low, although the CDC considers the virus a very serious public health threat.

 

More information by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) can be found here: https://www.avma.org/blog/what-do-you-need-know-about-coronavirus

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