Is coronavirus (COVID-19) dangerous for our pets?

Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 is a new deadly disease. Little about it is known. Thousands of people die every day and even more get infected. What about our pets? Are they in danger? How can we protect ourselves and the ones we love? Here is the information you NEED to know.

Is COVID-19 a threat to our pets?

COVID-19 attacks our lungs and causes pneumonia. Dogs can get certain types of coronaviruses, but COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be one of them.

The World Health Organization has stated, “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.”

For now from what we know, COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be a threat to our boerboels and other pets.

 

Can our pets spread the virus?

The virus seems to have emerged from an animal source but now is spreads from person-to-person.

Although, there is a report that in Hong Kong two dogs tested weak positive for COVID-19 and officials characterized it as “likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission.” The dog is being cared for under quarantine and is not showing any signs of illness. Local government health officials emphasize that “there is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they can become sick.”

 

And despite that, let’s talk about if it’s possible in theory. Can COVID-19 survive on coats of our pets? The answer is: no, it can’t. COVID-19 survives best on flat surfaces so it would hard for it to survive for long on dogs coat. We still advise caution as the virus won’t die right away. Always wash your hands properly! 

Safety precautions against COVID-19

Understand that it’s not your dog who’s that risk, it’s YOU and people around you. Guys, please be careful and stay safe. You’ve probably heard this many times but here’s an additional section to keep yourself safe

The best way to stay healthy and boost your immune system is to be happy! So take your boerboel or another pet and play with them! Let them charge you with positive energy! You need both: healthy body AND HEALTHY MIND. It’s a nice formula for a happy life overall.

Should you change how you behave with your pet?

You should still keep a good hygiene and often wash your hands. Nowadays IT IS VITAL. Keeping your dog clean is also important. For more read this article about boerboel grooming. And here are guidelines from WHO (World Health Organization) to keep you safe.

WHO's safety guidelines against COVID-19

  1. WASH YOUR HANDS– Kill the viruses by carefully washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub disinfectant
    Here’s a link to WHO’s video on how to wash your hands
  2. Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes! The virus can enter your body from these “weak points”
  3. Keep social distance. All it takes for you to get infected is a little droplet. It will fly out of someone’s mouth when they cough, sneeze or even speak and you won’t even notice it.
  4. Don’t physically great other people. It’s not impolite. You just care for them and don’t want to infect or be infected.
  5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

    As WHO states: “Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.”

A message from us.

Guys, please be safe. Coronavirus hits hard not only our health but also causes lots of stress regarding finance. Don’t underestimate coronavirus. We wish you good luck, good health and a positive mind.

Sincerely yours,
Mascot Millenium Kennel.

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