The terms “coronavirus” and “COVID-19″ are now our everyday language. It seems surreal to remember back to only a few weeks ago when we met customer and friends at Crufts. Here we answer some questions and give a short overview of the facts around dogs and COVID-19.
Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?
Currently, there is no evidence to show that pets transmit the coronavirus to humans. Scientists still believe transmission of the coronavirus is from human-to-human.
The current WHO (World Health Organisation) guidance states that:
- There are instances of animals and pets of COVID-19 patients being infected with the disease;
- There is a possibility for some animals to become infected through close contact with infected humans. Further evidence is needed to understand if animals and pets can spread the disease;
- Based on current evidence, human to human transmission remains the main driver.
Read the full guidance from the WHO here.
Can pets catch Covid-19?
There are a few rare cases globally, where a pet who has been in close proximity to a person with Covid-19 has then tested positive for the coronavirus. This is incredibly rare.
The World Organisation for Animal Health says “The current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.”
People with the disease, however, are advised to take precautions and to limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.
“When handling and caring for animals, basic hygiene measures should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking or sharing food.
“When possible, people who are sick with Covid-19 should avoid close contact with their pets and have another member of their household care for their animals. If they must look after their pet, they should maintain good hygiene practices.
Check out their advice and related articles on animals including dogs and COVID-19 at their website.
Can the Covid-19 virus live on fur?
Although still unproven, it may be possible for the coronavirus to be carried on pet fur. It is therefore very important to wash your hands thoroughly after feeding, touching, or cleaning up after your dog. Also make sure you are keeping your pets a safe distance from other people, pets and households. If you need to update your lead, why not check out our popular multi purpose 2m training leads.
How are dogs helping to fight COVID-19?
The totally amazing charity Medical Detection Dogs are beginning work to train dogs to detect positive coronavirus samples. Following on from this training, they would then transfer to detecting on individuals. Detector dogs would work in a similar way to their Medical Alert Assistance Dogs. Find out more about this incredible charity and their ongoing work.
We hope that you, your families and loved ones, and your four legged friends all remain safe and healthy. Enjoy time with your pets at home, enjoy your walks outdoors but remember the Government advice to stay at home as much as possible.
Love from everyone at Oscar & Hooch x