Why pet owners with Covid-19 warned to stay away from their dogs and cats

According to experts, people who have Covid-19 should avoid contact with their pets.

A scientific study conducted in the Netherlands has found Covid-19 in cats and dogs when their owners tested positive.

The study results are believed to pose minimal public health risk, but it is now believed that pets can act as reservoirs for Covid and reintroduce it to humans.

Covid in animals needs more research, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Its most recent report states: “Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by Covid.

“We are still learning about this virus, but we know that it can spread from humans to animals in some situations, especially when in close contact.

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“People with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, farm animals, and wildlife.”

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) confirms that dogs have been shown to be able to get Covid-19 from infected people, although it is “extremely unlikely”.

Most dogs show no symptoms, but they could include; Cough, watery eyes, easy breathing and decreased appetite.

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Dogs and self-isolation

People may be asked to self-isolate for a variety of reasons, including: if they have Covid symptoms, have tested positive, or live with someone who has tested positive.

But self-isolation can cause problems for pet owners who are unsure of the rules for their furry friends.

The PDSA says dog owners shouldn’t worry about their pets as they are “extremely rarely” affected by the virus.

However, it states, “It is possible for the virus to survive on pets’ fur for a short period of time, as it does on other surfaces. We therefore recommend that reasonable precautions are taken to ensure everyone’s safety.”

It recommends dog owners minimize contact with their pet as much as possible if they have symptoms or a positive test result.

The organization adds, “It always makes sense to follow good hygiene practices, such as: B. Hand washing with hot water and soap before and after handling and feeding. You should also consider wearing face covering while grooming your pet, especially if you are experiencing symptoms. “

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Can my dog ​​stay with me if I self-isolate?

The PDSA says dogs are fine to stay with owners who can take care of them if they self-isolate.

If your pooch is hospitalized, alternative care will need to be provided, which could be a friend or family member or a local kennel.

But there should be minimal contact with your dog if asked to self-isolate, not cuddling or cuddling, until symptoms improve.

The PDSA says, “We understand this can be difficult. So if another person in your household is symptom-free, it may be best to have them take care of your pet on a daily basis while you are sick.”

If there is no other option and you have to look after your dog yourself, it is a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling it, feeding it, littering, and removing waste.

The animal organization adds, “Avoid kissing or licking your pet (especially your face) and do not share food with them.

“It’s also a good idea to wear face-covering when you are around or taking care of your pet, such as when preparing food.”

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