The recent outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as “the coronavirus” has caused a great deal of concern among pet owners and veterinarians. The CDC defines coronaviruses as “a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.” Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. The main symptoms of the virus include fevers, coughs, and shortness of breath. The disease is known to mainly affect older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions. Since this particular strain of the illness is relatively new, there are a whole lot of questions that accompany the public’s concerns. Pet owners, animal lovers, and those who work in close proximity to animals may ask the questions “Can pets get coronavirus?” and “How can I prevent my pet from getting sick with it?”. While the status of this illness is changing and new information continues to arise, we have compiled information from reliable sources to answer these questions with the knowledge available at this time.
Can I Get Coronavirus From My Pet?
The virus likely emerged from an animal source, but there’s no reason to believe that animals and pets are a source of infection, according to the CDC. There is no evidence that supports that animals can spread the virus to humans. However, since humans have been able to contract other diseases from animals in the past, experts recommend that pet owners and handlers wash hands after interacting with animals as a precaution.
Can Pets Get Coronavirus?
Many of us who own beloved pets are likely to feel worried during these times of uncertainty. We may want to call up our vets, local news sources, or take to google to ask: “Can pets get coronavirus?” To answer the question on many pet owners’ minds- it is unlikely. So far, the CDC has not received reports of pets or companion animals sick with the coronavirus, and there is no evidence that they become very sick if infected at all. However, The CDC says that anyone who is sick with the coronavirus should restrict contact with animals, just like you would around other people.
What Should I Do About Coronavirus and My Pets?
If someone in the household does become sick with coronavirus, an uninfected person should care for them instead. Infected people should also avoid petting, snuggling, kissing, being licked by, and sharing food with pets. If interaction with pets is a must, infected caretakers should wear a mask and wash hands before and after handling pets. Experts of the disease encourage pet owners to take their pets to their trusted veterinarians to vaccinate their pets. While there is no vaccine for coronavirus yet, getting your pet vaccinated for all other illnesses will decrease the likelihood that they become sick, making them less susceptible to the unwanted coronavirus. In these times filled with trepidation and the unknown, it is best to be as safe and proactive as possible. Call Bregman Vet Group today to schedule your pet’s immunizations and keep their immune system strong enough to fight off any infection!
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