Let us clear up any confusion around COVID-19 and your pet's healthBy Morgan | March 17, 2020
The world is very quickly coming to terms with the implications of COVID-19 and the repercussions on our healthcare systems. While we may share memes and photos about the shortage of toilet paper there remains a lot of misinformation around the virus and the impact it will have. We’ve seen some concerning information about the ability for pets to transmit this infection to humans, so we thought we’d take the time to clear up any confusion around COVID-19 and your pet’s health.
Myth #1 – All types of coronavirus are the same
This may be where some of your confusion is coming from. There are many strains of coronavirus that have been present in a range of animals including cats and dogs for a long time*.
However, the strains that affect animals are different and it is only the COVID-19 strain that is currently affecting humans all across the world.
Myth #2 – Cats and dogs can get COVID-19
There is no evidence to suggest that a dog or cat can become infected by COVID-19. While there were rumours of a dog in China testing positive to COVID-19, this was due to the virus being found in the nasal cavity of the dog, not because it was infected with the virus**. The virus was found in the dog’s nose as it had been in close quarters with an infected person for an extended period of time. Ultimately, the dog was cleared as not being infected by the virus itself.
Myth #3 – Cats and dogs can transmit COVID-19 to humans
This is the most damaging and distressing misinformation we have seen shared to date as this false information has led to thousands of animals being euthanised in China out of fears of contagion. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted from animals to humans. The COVID-19 strain that affects humans has not been proven to affect dogs or cats at all.
From all of us at Vets on Call, we want you and your pets to remain safe and healthy during these testing times. Please don’t panic and be sure to check information with trusted sources before taking any drastic action. We encourage you all to follow the instructions of the health authorities and to be kind to one another.
From all of us here at Vets on Call, stay safe.