COVID-19 is one of the recent strains of human coronaviruses. Some coronaviruses cause flu-like symptoms and sicknesses in individuals, while others cause illness in animals (i.e. cattle, camels, and bats). Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Examples of this include COVID-19, SARS and MERS.
Can dogs get the COVID-19 Corona Virus?
As stated above, some coronaviruses that have infected animals evolved to infect humans, which then is transmitted between person to person. However, this is rather uncommon. SARS or Serious Intense Respiratory Disorder and MERS Cov – Middle East Respiratory Disorder – are illnesses brought on by coronaviruses that began with animals and have been transmitted to humans. (This is suspected to be the root cause of the latest coronavirus outbreak of COVID-19.)
Can I get Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from my dog?
According to the WHO (World Health Organization): “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”
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According to Chief Veterinary Officer Jerry Klein of the American Kennel Club (AKC) there is no proof of Novel Coronavirus infection in dogs. He went on to say that Idexx Laboratories made thousands of tests to cats and dogs in order to address the concern of getting these house pets infected with COVID-19 and the result of the tests were negative.
5 Tips to keep your dogs safe from Coronaviruses
- To ensure the safety of your dogs from coronaviruses the first thing you must do is to feed them nutritious foods every day. A strong immune system is the best weapon to fight against infections.
- Make sure that your dog has a healthy lifestyle. Allow your dog plenty of exercise. Play with them or walk them outside while still practicing social distancing (it's a good form of exercise for you as well).
- Make sure that your dog gets plenty of freshwater every day.
- Ask your veterinarian for vitamins and any recommended supplements that are good for your dog.
- Keep your dog inside the house or fenced-in backyard to avoid possible contact with other possibly-infected animals or people.
We have determined that if the “Human” is eating, drinking, and doing their best to live a healthy lifestyle. Chances are their pets, and especially dogs will benefit from this as well. To make sure your dog is eating a proper diet. Read this post about how to make your own dog food with the Insta Pot!
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