Corona infection from dog Covid-19 patients can also spread to pet dogs. They also show symptoms, but they are often minor.
A dog has been found infected with the coronavirus in the US state of Georgia. It is believed that this is the second dog in America to be affected by this infectious disease.
In a news release on Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Health said that a six-year-old mixed-breed dog has tested positive for the coronavirus. First, its owner was found infected, and then the dog was diagnosed with neurological disease. He was later found infected.
The dog died after being found infected.
As the dog’s illness progressed, he was put to death. Officials said the dog’s neurological disease has nothing to do with Covid-19. According to the guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the limited information available so far, the risk of spreading coronavirus from pets to people is shallow.
The study researchers said that if you have Covid-19, you should avoid coming in contact with your pet where possible.
What are the symptoms of covid-19 in pets?
According to the PDSA, “the majority of animals that tested positive for COVID-19 either did not have symptoms or had only very mild symptoms.” It also includes:
- A runny nose
- Crying eyes
- High temperature
- Loss of appetite
- Mild shortness of breath
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Suppose your pet has any of these symptoms. In that case, you should contact your veterinarian for advice. Remember that these are all common symptoms and are not likely to be related to COVID-19.
Can dogs also get covid-19?
- Research conducted earlier this year suggested that COVID is more common in pet cats and dogs whose owners have the disease.
- Researchers from Utrecht University sent a mobile veterinary clinic to homes in the Netherlands that had tested positive for COVID-19 at some point in the past 200 days.
- Swabs were taken from cats and dogs in homes to test for evidence of current infection.
- Blood samples were also tested for antibodies that suggest previous exposure to COVID-19.
- Swabs of 310 pets were taken in 196 homes. Where a human disease was detected. In which six cats and seven dogs were returning positive PCR results. And 54 animals were tested positive for virus antibodies.
- The study authors note that no evidence of pet-to-owner transmission has been recorded to date.
- However, the researchers also said it would be difficult to detect while the coronavirus was still quickly spreading between humans.
What should I do with the dog if I have covid-19?
- The study researchers said that if you have Covid-19, you should avoid coming in contact with your pet where possible.
- Dr. Els Brons from Utrecht University said: “If you have COVID, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, as you would with other people.
- The main concern is not the health of the animals but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population.
- “Fortunately, no pet-to-human transmission has been reported to date.
- “Therefore, despite the high prevalence among COVID-19 positive household pets in this study, it does not appear that pets play a role in the epidemic.”
Mild dog covid-19 symptoms were found in infected pets.
Eight cats and dogs lived in the same house as pets. Who tested positive for the virus. They were swallowed a second time to check for virus transmission between pets, but none tested positive.
This suggested that the virus was not being transmitted between pets in close contact with each other.
In line with health guidance, you should:
Please wash hands before and after any contact with your pet, its food or bedding
Do not share food with your pet
According to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, there is no evidence. It would help if you washed your pet to control the spread of COVID-19.
The Defra and Animal and Plant Health Agency said. “If you are concerned about your pet because it has respiratory or digestive issues. And has a temperature, you should contact your veterinarian, who will determine whether the test is required or not.