There are a lot of rumors floating around about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to animals, namely household pets such as cats and dogs. Today, I took a deep dive into researching this topic to find out some facts about the coronavirus and see how it pertains to animals like dogs and cats.
Can the Coronavirus Affect Your Dog or Cat?
The basis for my information today is CNET, which published a piece on this topic. Of course, I could have used the information posted on some other dog blog, but figured that a credible source was the best place to gather information that would be set in stone here on the website and most certainly shared in Cyberspace.
Viruses, and more specifically, coronaviruses, have been around animals and even lived in them for many years. However, only a very small percentage of them have been able to hop around to another animal, and then to a human, causing us to develop the illness. It’s been very easy for humans to spread the virus with human to human contact, as of at the time of writing this, more than 1.5 million people have been infected worldwide.
For those wondering, the SARS-CoV-2 is able to hijack animal cells in addition to our own human cells. The thought process is that the disease stems from Chinese horseshoe bats prior to making it’s way to another animal that served as an intermediary, and eventually it got into humans, and here we are in a global pandemic.
If you listen to the media, and we certainly don’t encourage you to at a time like this, you will hear that the coronavirus can indeed infect our pets, and even more exotic species such as big cats like lions and tigers. (Sorry, Joe Exotic.)
However, these cases are extremely rare. The way it transmits from humans to animals is very small and only a handful have been reported since the outbreak started months back. There is absolutely zero evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans, as well. This is all according to the World Health Organization (WHO.)
Understandably, there are people out there who are worried about their pets and wonder how the COVID-19 could affect them.
The facts remain that dogs are more resistant than cats when it comes to the virus.
If you are worried about infecting your pets, the first thing you should do is get tested yourself.
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