Health experts have said that no pets can transmit or catch COVID-19, so you can stop worrying about excessive petting or taking your pup for a walk during social distancing rules.
Dogs can catch a type of coronavirus called canine coronavirus, but it’s completely unrelated and you probably wouldn’t realize your dog had it. Dr. Jerry Klein, the chief veterinary officer for the AKC, has said, “there is no evidence people can spread COVID-19 to pets.” The CDC hasn’t shared any cases of dogs or cats getting the virus.
We humans also cannot transmit COVID-19 through our pets. American Veterinary Medical Association Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Gail Golab says, “We’re not overly concerned about people contracting COVID-19 through contact with dogs and cats.” The virus can survive on hard surfaces or plastics, but even if an infected person coughed on your dog, you’d have a hard time picking up the virus from your dog’s fur. According to Dr. Golab, because pet fur is porous it traps and absorbs pathogens like the virus.
Experts recommend practicing good hygiene around dogs, including washing your hands before and after touching them and avoiding excessive contact with your pet if you do contract COVID-19. Teach kids not to touch pets and then touch their mouths and continue to wash your hands regularly after interacting with pets.
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
It is important to reconsider the intake of animal products at this time. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
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Catch up on our coronavirus coverage in One Green Planet, check out these articles:
- China Acts on Coronavirus and Temporarily Bans Wildlife Trade
- Coronavirus Update: Chinese Citizens Begin Disposing of Pets, Footage of Corpses Lining Street
- Coronavirus Update: Indonesians Called to Stop Eating Bats and Animal Activists Saving Pets in China
- Coronavirus Update: World Global Emissions Have Dropped
- How Coronavirus and the Wildlife Trade are Linked
- Coronavirus Update: How Emerging Diseases are Linked to Factory Farms
- Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Surpasses SARS
- Coronavirus Update: Quarantined Patients Given Turtles for Dinner In Spite of Virus Being Linked to Wild Animal Trade!
- Coronavirus Update: Pangolins Blamed for Spreading Virus
- Chinese Citizens Being Ordered to Dispose of Pets Despite Any Connection with Coronavirus Outbreak
- Coronavirus Update: Your Pets are Not in Danger
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