For the first time in the UK, It has been confirmed that a dog is infected with Covid-19.
After a series of tests, the infection was validated in the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge, Surrey.
The puppy was being treated for an unrelated health condition when the coronavirus was discovered and is now recovering at home.
The dog joins a list of domestic cats in the UK that carry the virus, but the UK Health and Safety Authority has been careful to downplay fears and stated that the occurrence is extremely rare.
Pet fur can act as a carrier of the virus for a short time, just like any other frequently touched surface.
Can dogs give you Covid-19?
Speaking to BirminghamLive, vet Lynne James of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) shared the latest news:
“We are aware of the recently confirmed Covid-19 case in one Pet dog in the UK, but remind people not to worry too much. ”
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“There is no evidence that animals can transmit the virus to humans or other animals. Human-to-human contact remains the main way Covid-19 is spread.”
Can you give Covid-19 to your dog?
“There is limited evidence that animals in close contact with people with Covid-19 can sometimes become infected with the virus,” Ms. James said.
“However, there have been very few confirmed cases of Covid-19 in animals – in the vast majority of reported cases, symptoms are mild and recovery occurs within a few days.”
How to avoid giving Covid-19 to your dog
To prevent Covid-19 in your dog, James of PDSA said, “We would always advise owners to use reasonable hygiene practices when caring for their pets – hand washing before and after touching and after handling food or animal waste.”
“Animal owners with a Covid-19 infection are advised to minimize contact with their pets as much as possible or to arrange alternative care until they have recovered.”
Does my dog have Covid-19?
Since Covid-19 cases in dogs are extremely rare, it is unlikely that your dog has the virus.
The UK has only reported one case in dogs so far.
However, the U.S. Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say symptoms of Covid-19 in dogs could include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased lethargy
- Runny nose
- Eye discharge
If symptoms worsen, contact your veterinarian.