As some of you might have heard, last month a pet dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the Corona Virus & was placed into quarantine.
The Agriculture, fisheries & conservation department (AFCD) in Hong Kong had confirmed that the dog has the virus and it's likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.
Due to this news pet owners have become increasingly concerned that they could catch the deadly disease from their pet, or pass it onto them - but is that even scientifically possible?
Can we catch coronavirus from our pets?
The World Health Organisation has recently updated information regarding pets - "At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus".
Raymond R.R. Rowland, a veterinarian who specializes in swine viruses at Kansas State University, said that “weak positives” frequently show up in testing pigs, where a farmer’s livelihood can be at stake.
“I’ll tell you what I tell them,” he told The New York Times. “Wait and see.”
Even if the Pomeranian has a low-level infection, he said: “that doesn’t say the animal is sufficiently infected that it can spread the virus.”
The dog could simply be a host for the illness that neither becomes unwell or infects other people or animals.
Should I change my behavior with my pet?
The World Health Organisation says: "It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.
“This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.”
To protect yourself from catching coronavirus, the WHO advises the following:
Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, with a tissue or your elbow
Put the tissue straight into a closed bin
Wash your hands afterward, and then frequently, with soap or sanitizer
Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing (at least one meter)
What can I do to strengthen my Dog's immune system?
We've received countless emails from worried dog owners asking what they can do to help strengthen their dog's immune system and put in place some preventative measures.
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- Vitamins A, C, D & E
- Full-spectrum Vitamin B Complex
- Essential Fatty acids for Heart health
- Probiotic enzymes for health digestion
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