The UK has reportedly experienced their first case of a dog getting Covid. It is suspected that he contracted it from his owners.

This is not the first case of a dog getting Covid from a human, as research has suggested that cats and dogs with owners who have Covid may be able to get it from them. There are also concerns around whether or not the animals can pass the virus back to humans.

The UK’s chief veterinary officer, Dr. Christine Middlemiss said, “It is very rare for dogs to be infected, and they will usually only show mild clinical signs and recover within a few days. There is no clear evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans,” said Middlemiss. “We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update our guidance to pet owners should the situation change.”

Though spreading Covid to animals is relatively rare, it is still suggested that those infected avoid their pets as much as possible. As well as practice hand washing before and after interacting with them.

Other animal species seem to be able to catch Covid as well, but they are more at risk of spreading it to each other rather than to humans.

It is always a good idea to be cautious to keep you and your family, human or animal, safe. Make sure to keep disinfecting, washing your hands, and wearing a mask!

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