There’s no doubt that the current coronavirus outbreak is one of the most serious challenges to global health in recent times. It has been described as a crisis and the World Health Organization recently declared the outbreak a Global Pandemic. But while the risk to humans is crystal clear, there’s one niggling concern in the back of every pet parent’s mind:
This is a very valid concern.
What are the chances that you can give your Frenchie the disease or that they can get it from elsewhere and infect you?
Can dogs get coronavirus? Here’s what you should know.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is one of a family of viruses that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome. The first case was identified in china and it has since spread to over a hundred countries around the world.
The virus is believed to have originated from bats. Its symptoms include varying degrees of fever, dry cough, fatigue, sore throat, headache, chills, nasal congestion, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, muscle pain or joint pain, sputum production, hemoptysis, and conjunctival congestion.
However, the symptoms of the virus are not specifically confined to these. They may vary from person to person. The virus has also been discovered to have varying gestation periods in humans.
There’s no clear answer to the question at the moment.
While a lot of research and testing has been done since the outbreak of the virus, the results have not shown any definite indications either way.
However, at the moment, there’s nothing to suggest that you can get the infection from your dog.
We know the coronavirus can be transmitted from human to human, but is your pet putting you at a higher risk of getting the virus? A dog in China tested positive for the virus.
Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) reported in early March that a dog in the country had been tested and his nasal and oral cavities returned a “weak positive”. Essentially, they found that the dog had a low-level infection.
Although they initially believed that the virus was only present on the surface of the Pomeranian dog, further tests revealed there was an infection. However, following more intense testing, it has been affirmed that the quarantined dog is still only a weak positive.
The World Organization for Animal Health and other experts have come to a conclusion that the infection is very likely to be a case of human to animal transmission. This is because his owner had earlier tested positive for the virus. The dog probably picked it up from the owner’s coughs, just like the way surface objects can retain fluids.
as the AFCD points out does not mean the pet can be infectious or can even become sick due to the virus.
According to the AFCD spokesperson, “there is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they can become sick.”
They also “strongly advice” that people with coronavirus should surrender their pets for quarantine. The Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) released a statement to the effect that “members of the public are advised to differentiate that ‘being infected’ does not equal being infectious and capable of spreading the COVID-19 virus.”
Both the SPCA and the World Organization for Animal Health repeatedly confirmed that there is no evidence of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, even when infected. This means that even if your dog gets the coronavirus, he or she may not get sick or infect anyone else.
Virologist Ian McKay, of the University of Queensland, agrees that the virus is far more likely to spread from people to pets, and that the odds for transmission from dog to human is quite small.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at present, the only known way for the disease to spread is from person to person or through drops of respiratory fluids from an infected person.
From the available evidence, dogs have just about the same risk of being contaminated as a door handle. It is likely that a dog can be contaminated with the virus, just like a door handle can be contaminated. As a result, the coronavirus could be present on the body of a dog even if the dog doesn’t have the virus.
In taking safety measures, the AFCD recommends that pet owners should always wash their hands before and after being with their pets. Unfortunately, kissing and hugging should be avoided for now.
We have compiled a list of tips that would be helpful to add another layer of safety measure.
We are heartbroken to see online pictures of dog's paws irritated, red and exhibit burns. This will be painful to your dog and will require medical treatment.
Please do not use disinfectant wipes, or anything containing bleach to clean your Frenchie's paws. Mild soap and water will do the job and get rid of any germs.
There is no higher priority to the Frenchiestore family than the safety of our employees and customers, and we want to be proactive in addressing the concerns of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19). We are monitoring and adapting our processes to deliver the highest quality products in the safest way possible.
Regular Environmental Cleaning - All frequently touched surfaces in the workplace are cleaned with antibacterial/viral disinfectant.
Regular ongoing briefings - Our team are will continue to adjust our operations following WHO and CDC guidelines.
Some common questions that may arise are:
Is it safe to receive a package? The World Health Organization states "Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low."
Will Frenchiestore close? At this time, the risk to our community is low, and there is no planned closure. We are currently implementing contingency plans to help us continue to operate and limit any impact on our business – all while keeping safety at the forefront.
There’s no doubt that the current coronavirus outbreak is one of the most serious challenges to global health in recent times. It has been hard on many people, especially the ones that put themselves at risk for others. We thought these new designs would provide a bit of hope, comfort or even make you laugh.
We could all use a little humor to get through this. Frenchiestore proudly donated (with the help of a generous donor) 112 masks so far to health care workers in New York City. 50% of proceeds from these shirts will go towards more N-95 masks. We hope we can donate to NYPD next.
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A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City, other tigers and lions living with the infected tiger displayed clinical signs. Given the recent positive COVID-19 diagnosis of the Bronx Zoo tiger, should pet owners be concerned?
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all agree that there is no evidence that companion pets can spread COVID-19.
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus. The tiger, named Nadia, is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the US.
The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa. Nadia, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper.The cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month after exposure to the employee, who has not been identified.
COVID-19 enters cells via a receptor called ACE2. The ACE2 receptor of cats is almost identical to humans whereas, the dog receptor is about 70% similar.
To be cautious, please keep your cat indoors until further notice. An indoor cat will have no risk to you or your family. If your cat was infected, they most likely got it from you or someone in your family. Scientists believe COVID-19 spreads from humans to cats, and not vice versa.
Be sure to take proper care of yourself and your dog. Don’t panic and always seek proper information before you act. Keep reading our Frenchie Blog for more information about how to get you and your pet through this health crisis. Stay safe.
- Frenchiestore Team
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