Can My Dog Get Covid-19

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    Do you have to worry about your dog getting Covid-19? Can your dog get Covid-19? This is a tough topic to answer.   While Covid-19 has been here for about six months, the information and data is still new and appears to have changed from time to time. At this time, according to The World Health Organization and The CDC, COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking. Most recent studies state that people who are infected but do not have symptoms may likely play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

    However, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus. With little information at this time, the information suggests, the risk of your pet spreading COVID-19 to you or a family member is low. Obviously, more studies are needed and being done to understand if and how our pets could be affected by COVID-19.

    You are more likely to give Covid-19 to your pet than your pet giving it to you. You should treat your dog as you would a human family member to protect them from a possible infection. There is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, the CDC recommends that you should limit your pet’s interaction with people outside the home.

    If  you or a family member is sick with Covid-19, protect your pets as you would any human in your home. You should have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick and avoid contact with your pet. If you must care for your pet while you are sick, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

    The United States Department of Agriculture has a list of confirmed Covid-19 cases in animals. There have been 17 confirmed cases in dogs since April.

    With new testing and studies being done daily, visit the WHO and CDC websites.

    According to the CDC, This is what you need to know

    • A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been reportedexternal icon to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.
    • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
    • It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations.
    • Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household.
    • If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
    • This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

    Most importantly, if you think that your dog may be sick, contact your vet immediately and follow their instructions.

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