17 Apr Can pets get COVID-19
Can pets get COVID-19
From the moment we brought our pets home, we have been invested in their health, safety and well-being. Questions constantly circulate through our heads, such as: What’s the best toy for my dog? What can my pet eat? What are the best treats for my cat? We care deeply for those who are close to us—especially our pets—and even more so in this uncertain time of social distancing and change. Many of you probably have a new question on your mind: Can pets get COVID-19? Read on for important information regarding this topic.
Can pets get COVID-19?
One thing you can find solace in is that according to the World Health Organization, “there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats have become ill with this virus or will become a source of infection of COVID-19 in other animals or humans.” In February 2020, a dog and its owner were quarantined and samples from the dog’s nasal cavity and mouth tested as “weak positive” for the virus. Authorities stress that it is not cause for alarm. Additionally, our pets are at a very low risk for coming in contact with someone who is infected or contaminated.
What if my pet is sick?
If your pet is showing signs of illness such as sneezing, low energy, bad breath, etc this may be an indicator of another health issue ranging from allergies to oral pain or perinatal disease. Please call your veterinarian for any concerns about your pet’s health.
What can I do to be proactive?
Practical measures to protect yourself and your family from this or any other contagious respiratory illness include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Practice proper nose and mouth covering techniques when you sneeze or cough
- Follow all public health or government requirements to avoid gatherings of multiple people
- Make arrangements for someone to care for your pet in the event that you become sick or require hospitalization
- If your pet needs veterinary care, please call your veterinarian or emergency clinic to find out how they are handling patient care at this time
- Check in on the elderly to make sure they have necessary food, supplies, and medication for themselves, as well as their pets
- Practice good hygiene with your pets—be sure to wash your hands after handling them or picking up their waste
Contact us today!
Things may feel uncertain and overwhelming, but rest assured that we are here for you and your pets. Staying home and cuddling your furever friends is free and a great way to practice social distancing. Continue to keep a close eye on your pet’s oral health and be sure to call Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery of Colorado Springs, Castle Pines and Loveland if your pet is experiencing a dental emergency. In the meantime, staying home and cuddling your pets is a great way to practice social distancing.
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