With the coronavirus spreading rapidly around the world, some pet owners have raised concerns about whether it can pass between dogs, cats, pets and people.
On March 18th, TuskerDaily reported on the first known case of a dog having contracted the coronavirus had died.
Today, TuskerDaily posted an article reporting a Bronx Zoo Tiger had tested positive for Coronavirus.
Two other dogs and one cat have also been quarantined at the Hong Kong Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, where there is an animal keeping facility.
There has been a lot of information flying about pets and Coronavirus, and most of it is simply egregious.
On March 13th, The World Health Organization (WHO) stated:
There was no evidence that animals such as dogs or cats could be infected with the virus.
Days later, the WHO Coronavirus myth-buster website reported that this section from the WHO website has mysteriously vanished.
Of course, of course, WHO is just following the Democrats’ playbook of ‘If we deleted it, it’s like it never happened.’
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s (AFCD) current advice is as follows:
“We strongly advise that mammalian pet animals including dogs and cats from households with… infected persons should be put under quarantine… to safeguard public and animal health.”
The WHO website NOW states the following about Animals contracting Coronavirus:
The WHO now recommends that, until further research can be conducted, people infected with COVID-19 limit contact with pets and other animals, and wear facemasks if possible.
They also recommend that animal owners and children should wash their hands after contact with any of their pets in any case, as fecal matter containing E. coli could be transmitted from pets.
The long and the short of “Can Animals Be Infected With Coronavirus, and transfer it to you?”
Can your pets be infected with Coronavirus COVID-19 or not? The answer appears to be yes they can.
Can your pets infected you with Coronavirus COVID-19 or not? The answer appears to be no, to mixed.
It’s a certainty that coronavirus can live for hours on your pet’s coat and if you pet that area and then rub your face, there is a slim to none chance that enough of the virus can transfer and infect you. But ‘slim to none,‘ doesn’t mean zero.
It’s far more likely you’ll be infected by a human in your household than your pet. So pet owners don’t panic!
Scientists say it’s unclear whether felines can spread the virus to people, but due to their never-ending coat cleaning, it seems highly unlikely.
The jury is still out on if an infected dog can infect you, they don’t groom as cats do, and unlike cats, they love licking your face.
With so little information on animals contracting COVID-19, I suspect we will not get a definitive answer for months, years, if ever.
In my opinion, it is highly unlikely that a pet infected with COVID-19 can transmit it to humans. Unless you eat dogs and cats like some of those barbaric morons in China and Southeast Asia do.
What is more likely is a pet transferring the sickness to another household pet of the same species.
When It Comes To Coronavirus and Pets…Better Safe Than Sorry
There is no way of testing if my cats had developed Coronavirus, because, no matter how much I love them, I wouldn’t want to waste a COVID-19 test on one of my pets.
I have 5 rescued cats in my household #AdoptDontShop and over the past two weeks, a sickness made their way through each one of them.
A female cat that I rescued from the streets developed Pyometra which is an infection of the uterus that occurs in unspayed dogs and cats.
Days after having emergency surgery at Helping Hands in Richmond Virginia, which did an incredible job in saving Mama’s life, she caught a cold (not uncommon) and started sneezing horribly.
Over the course of the next week, one by one, the other four cats, to varying degrees, caught whatever Mama had.
After a week or so their symptoms subsided.
But my 12-year-old cat took the brunt of the sickness, with heavy congestion, labored breathing, mucus, and water eyes. I immediately got him on antibiotics, and it took over a week to finally see his sickness subsiding.
Having covered the Coronavirus pandemic for the past few months, the sickness they experience, reminded me a lot about what TuskerDaily has been reporting on the Coronavirus.
I suggest if any of your pets develop an illness you should quarantine them for 14-days as you would any human.
When COVID-19 tests become more widely available for animals, I will certainly get them tested because the Coronavirus antibodies should remain in their system for years.
The Bottom line, play it safe, and treat your animals the same as any human in your household.