Can Pets Transmit Coronavirus?

Household pets such as dogs and cats are quickly becoming   part of the coronavirus conversation. Recently, a Pomeranian in Hong Kong contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This case has  raised some concerns around the world that pets could become part of the transmission chain for acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, and this could potentially harm both pets and humans. 

As per the Wildlife Conservation Society, in NYC, a four-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 on April 5. On March 13, the World Health Organization stated as of right now, there is no evidence that pets or companion animals (cats and dogs) can contract COVID-19. In addition, multiple global health organizations have issued advisories stating no evidence is shown that  pets or companion animals can spread COVID-19 or indeed contract the virus the same way as humans.

 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  continue to stress that cats and dogs pose little risk to humans as far as catching the virus.  The experts at CDC states in rare cases, that animals that have contracted the coronavirus could potentially  spread it to humans. Though the CDC does not have any evidence that pets, especially cats can spread COVID-19.

 The World Organization for Animal Health has also said that there is no justification in taking any measures against any animal that could potentially compromise their health and welfare. Additionally, the CDC has no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19 to people or that they may be a source of infection in the US.  As a result, of this statement, there should be no worry about your pets catching or transmitting the virus. This is especially encouraging given how animals can be a source of comfort to people under stress.   However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is cautioning pet owners diagnosed with the new coronavirus to limit interactions with their pets.


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