Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

We know the coronavirus spreads from person to person, but it can also spread from people to animals, and you may also have heard about a few dogs and cats testing positive for COVID-19. So can our cats and dogs get the virus, and spread it to other animals? If so, what are their symptoms? And what we need to know.

In this article, we'll discuss the latest updates, tips, and guidance regarding animals contracting COVID-19. However, at this point, there is no evidence that animals can transmit coronavirus to humans.

Can Dogs And Cats Get The New Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus spreads mainly from humans to humans through respiratory droplets but also some pets, including dogs and cats, reported to be infected with the coronavirus after close contact with people with COVID-19.

However, coronavirus isn't currently considered as a health threat to your pets, but there is still a slim chance that a dog or cat can contract the virus and get infected.

Dogs and humans have several same types of receptors on their cells, so theoretically there is a chance that the virus could attach to these receptors in dogs as well.

And there have been a few reports of dogs and cats testing positive for coronavirus, but the chances of this happening and the health risks are very low at this point.

Researchers all over the world are constantly learning about the new coronavirus, and at this time, there is no evidence that any animals or pets are responsible for transmission of COVID-19 infection to people.

Symptoms of COVID-19 In Dogs?

Mostly dogs or cats who contract with the virus either experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. And none of them have died from COVID-19 as of August 2020.

These are the possible symptoms that may indicate your dog has coronavirus:

  • Fever
  • Cough or sneezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Low energy (lethargic)
  • Eye discharge 
  • Diarrhea

If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, call your vet immediately.

Is there a coronavirus vaccine for dogs and cats?

Currently, there is no vaccine available for COVID-19 for people or animals. However many companies around the world are trying there best to develop the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible.

What to do if your pet tests positive for COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has mentioned a set of recommendations if your pet contracts coronavirus. They suggest that you should isolate your pet immediately from everyone in the household if your pet tests positive. However there is currently no evidence that dogs can spread COVID-19 to humans, this is suggested as a precautionary measure as there is limited research in this area.

And don't panic because no dogs have died from coronavirus and most of them only experience mild symptoms. You should proceed by calling a veterinarian for advice regarding how to treat and care for your pet.

You should follow some guidelines until the regular activity is approved by a veterinarian if your dog tested positive:

  • Do not take your dog to public settings like stores, shopping areas, or parks
  • Do not take your dog to the groomer
  • Do not allow dog walkers or pet sitters to come into contact with your dog

You mustn't allow your dog or cat to interact with other animals if they have coronavirus, as it is currently not known how the virus is spread between animals. When taking your dog for a walk, try and stay close to home or in a private backyard.

Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

Keep in mind that dogs are not able to transfer coronavirus to humans, also there is no need to fear for the furry animals in your home. Just be sure to wash your hands with soaps or sanitizer frequently, and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

The scientists say they have not seen any evidence indicating animals can transmit the virus to humans. Hong Kong-based Scientists also drew similar conclusions after a dog tested positive earlier this year and said We don’t want people to be afraid of pets they can't spreading this disease to people.