Pets don't spread Covid-19, says Veterinary Department

Pets don't spread Covid-19, says Veterinary Department

In other words, if you wouldn't shake the hand of a stranger while you're out walking your dog, you shouldn't let that stranger pet your dog.

If you own an outdoor cat, then try to keep your interactions with it to a minimum.

Notably, India has has seen an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, reporting as many as 6,412 positive cases, and 199 deaths till Friday morning.

The big cats are all expected to recover. No animals have been thought to be seriously ill or confirmed as dying as a result of having the virus.

The Bronx Zoo announced Sunday that one of its tigers tested positive for the new coronavirus. At the broader, species level, "We can find virus fragments in the stomach or aerial pathways in dogs, but this could also be the virus... of the sick owner in close contact with the dog", Dr. Decaestecker noted.

In Hubei province, the original epicenter of the virus, the death rate stood at almost 6 percent, but in other parts of the mainland, the rate was far lower, at less than 1 percent, the study found.

According to the study, cats and ferrets are likely to be vulnerable to getting infected with the new coronavirus through humans.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said on April 5. It is not known how much of the virus a cat needs to become infected.

Hong Kong agriculture authorities concluded that pet dogs and cats couldn't pass the virus to human beings but could test positive if exposed by their owners.

Rankin explained that a virus has to bind to something, like a key has to fit a lock. According to the study cats and dogs can not pass the novel coronavirus to humans. "There is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this novel coronavirus". The same was shown to be true in ferrets, but not in dogs, chickens, or pigs.

Residents who wind up in the hospital due to COVID-19 could mean pets left behind in need of care.

The study, based on research conducted in China in January and February, found cats and ferrets highly susceptible to the virus when researchers attempted to infect the animals by introducing viral particles via the nose. The study found that 15% of the cats tested afterward had antibodies for the coronavirus in their blood, and thus had come in contact with the virus.

Public health spokesperson Dubey said pet owners should continuously monitor their animals for any signs of COVID-19 illness.

Thevenin suggests preparing a two-week pet supply kit of food, treats, a leash, toys, medications, daily care instructions, the vet's contact information, vaccination records and microchip information.

The department also explained that while the incidence of Covid-19 in humans is very high, in the case of animals, it is isolated because animals can not contract the virus naturally. "This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy". No human kits are even allowed to be used in a veterinary setting.

Professor Barrs recommends social distancing from your pets in some cases.

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