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Can dogs get Coronavirus?
The answer is Yes. There are 3 types of Coronavirus that can affect dogs.
1.Enteric Canine Coronavirus (CCov) is a highly infectious intestinal condition but the good news is that there are routine vaccines that are administered to prevent it. Canine Coronavirus may be spread via contact with oral secretions, feces, contaminated food bowls and unsanitary conditions. Coronavirus can remain infectious for extended periods outdoors even during frozen temperatures. Symptoms include Depression, Inappetence, Vomiting, Fever and yellow to orange Diarrhea and last typically 2-10 days.
According to Dr. Ronald Schultz Professor and Chair of Pathobiological sciences at the University of Madison Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Canine Coronavirus (CCov) vaccines administered to puppies may last a lifetime.
2.Respiratory Canine Coronavirus (CRCoV) has no vaccine to protect against this respiratory condition. It is typically a mild disease consisting of cough, sneezing, and nasal discharge. Clinical signs usually resolve after 1-2 weeks, depending on whether co-infection with other pathogens are involved.
3.COVID-19 Disease (Caused by Coronavirus(CoV) named SARS-COV-2) Current Global Pandemic
Can dogs get Covid?
Approx. 60 US dogs/cats are reported to be infected with the virus after close contact with people with COVID-19
Do dogs/cats that are infected with naturally acquired COVID-19 have impaired health?
Infected pets might get sick or, they might not have any symptoms. Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) clinical signs may include; Fever, Coughing, Difficulty Breathing or Shortness of Breath, Lethargy, Sneezing, Nasal Discharge, Ocular Discharge, Vomiting and Diarrhea. Always call your veterinarian if you suspect your pet is sick.
Can dogs/cats spread COVID-19 to people?
According to the CDC there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to people.
Can dogs/cats spread COVID-19 to the same or cross species?
Cats can spread the infection to the same species in laboratory settings. We have not found any information on dogs spreading the infection.
COVID-19 Recommendations for Pet Parents
1.It is recommended to not let pets interact with people outside the household.
2.Keep cats indoors.
3.Never cover your pets face with a mask. It can restrict breathing, panting (sweating) or get tangled up.
4.Do not bathe your pet with chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or other toxic products such as sanitizing counter wipes or hand wipes. These can be toxic to your pets and are not necessary.
5.Protect pets if you have contracted COVID-19 .(If possible) Have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food, and sleeping in the same bed. If you must care for your pet or be around pets while you are sick, wear a mask, and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Below - Covid Detection (Sniffing) Dogs in the Helsinki, Finland airport. Even Sports Stadiums like American Airlines Arena (Home of the Miami heat) have started using Covid detection (Sniffing) Dogs.