Can the dog get COVID-19?


The new coronavirus does not only affect humans. A new study by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) reveals that dogs can also become infected with the coronavirus, however the virus disappears quickly and the dogs remain asymptomatic. As was observed in Hong Kong of a sporadic case in which coronavirus was detected in two dogs, one of the breed known as Pomeranian Lulu and the other a German Shepherd. But it was only possible to demonstrate that they were infected with SARS-CoV-2, with weakly positive laboratory test results, unable to distinguish whether it was the entire virus or non-infectious fragments, or that they had specific antibodies against SARS-CoV- two. Thus, scientists are convinced that the virus passed to dogs through close contact with its owner who was sick with COVID-19.

How is coronavirus diagnosed in a dog?
Through a blood or stool test.

Can the dog transmit Covid-19?
Everything indicates that it is not. To date, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (O.I.E.) and the World Association of Veterinarians for Pet Animals (WSAVA), there is no scientific evidence that dogs transmit the new coronavirus.

I have Covid-19, what are the precautions regarding my dog?
As a preventive issue, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recommends that infected people have less contact with their dogs. Have enhanced hygiene care, disinfect your hands after contact with the dog.

You have no reason to be worried about your dog, and you can walk your dog safely outdoors. Leaving the house is still very important for dogs, it strengthens the immune system and reduces stress. After each trip to the street, clean the dog’s paws, we advise you to wash it in lavacão to get the home spotless.

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