Owners Worry If The Covid-19 Virus Can Hurt Their Pets

Owners Worry If The Covid-19 Virus Can Hurt Their Pets

With the news of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, permeating just about every part of our day to day lives, it is no wonder that those who have furry companions fell they may have a little bit more to worry about.

According to a recent survey, it is estimated that two out of every three households in America plays home to a pet.  That means approximately 85 millions families share their home and their love with a pet of some sort  

With the recent outbreaks of coronavirus around the world, and they imminent news of continued outbreaks and confirmed infected here in the US, it should really come as no surprise that both dog and cat owners are going into worry mode.

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The all too important question is:  can the coronavirus be of harm to our furry children?

The short answer is simply that it is not clear yet as to what extent the virus my play in infecting and harming our pets.  With that said, it is worth putting into place that wise old tale “an ounce of prevention” and maybe taking some precautionary steps just to be safe.

The coronavirus is suspected to have migrated to humans, from bats, through physical contact.  The keyword is suspected, as it is still not sure where it originated from because scientImgeists have yet to find Patient 0.

With that said, there has been no evidence to suggest that the virus is capable of being transmitted from humans to dogs or cats, and then vice versa.  This information has come from both the World Health  Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The news came out of Hong Kong last Friday of the pet of a confirmed coronavirus patient testing as “weak positive” for Covid-19.  However, it is not sure yet as to whether the animal really has the virus, or if it was instead the result of “environmental contamination” from its mouth and nose.

As such, the CDC warns those owners of pets that are confirmed to have the virus, refrain from physical contact of any with the pet so as not to risk transmitting the disease to the animal.