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Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

03/19/2020 by Stacy Painter
March 19th, 2020 by Stacy Painter
        

In a previous post, our veterinarian contributor discussed canine coronavirus and how it differs from COVID-19. We have also posted a follow-up article about feline coronavirus. To summarize, here’s what we know:

  • COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that affects humans.
  • It is different than canine coronavirus or feline coronavirus.
  • There’s a possibility that pets who have been in contact with infected persons may carry virus particles (such as on their fur after being petted) to another person.

Can dogs or cats get sick from COVID-19?

The CDC website says “CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.”

How is COVID-19 transmitted?

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes: Respiratory droplets that are expelled can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or onto hard surfaces that others might subsequently touch.
  • It may be possible that a person can get infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive further information.