CAN YOUR PET GET CORONAVIRUS INFECTION FROM YOU? DISCUSSIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
“NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DOES NOT BELIEVE IN DISCRIMINATION”
Pets are the most precious creatures. They make our lives lively and enchanting with their funny, cute and attractive actions. They are a source of unconditional love and adoration. Our pets are part of our family and they need the same care as we do for our other family members.
Due to the recent, COVID-19 outbreak, pet parents are also worried about the health of their pets. There are a number of questions that are confusing us like whether our pets are involved in the spread of coronavirus infection to us and other animals or they contract coronavirus infection from us?
There are many infectious diseases that spread animals to humans are called ‘Zoonotic diseases’ on the other hand there are some infections which animals get from human beings are called anthroponotic infections.
The exact source of current SARS-CoV-2 is not exactly known,but researchers strongly believed that this virus has entered the human beings from animal origin, especially bats are being considered for the potential source of this filthy infection.
Here, we will discuss some logic and look more into detail to figure out, what is the association between coronavirus and animals and whether your beloved pets can get this deadly virus from human beings.
WHAT ARE CORONAVIRUSES?
Coronaviruses are a large family of RNA viruses that mild to severe infections in humans and animals.They cause a severe respiratory syndrome in human beings which can be life-threatening.
CAN YOUR PETS CONTRACT COVID-19 FROM INFECTED HUMANS?
This concept is not yet much clear, but a few research studies have shown that pets can get coronavirus infection by staying in close proximity with the infected humans.
Research conducted in Hong Kong on cats and dogs living with a coronavirus infected person. It was concluded that only two dogs showed to be infected with the coronavirus but the severity of infection was too low. Both dogs tested weakly positive for COVID-19.
According to a chinese study, cats are highly susceptible to COVID-19 infection and there are a few studies that cats can contract the virus and spread it to other cats. But again, with a few exceptions. To date,no study revealed that cats can transmit this virus to human beings.
Various health organizations support this idea that current coronavirus is a new strain and this cannot infect the pets in the same way as it does humans. There is no such crossover of this virus between animals and humans.
World health organization declared that novel coronavirus doesn’t transfer from humans to their pets and there are not so many cases to support this statement uptil now.
The Centre for disease control and prevention also favoured this concept that there are no greater chances of pets(Cats and dogs) of becoming ill with this new coronavirus,if they get this virus from infected humans, then signs and symptoms, severity,mechanisms of disease are different.
Feline and dog coronaviruses are common in cats and dogs and cause different diseases in them but there is no similarity between novel coronavirus and those coronaviruses.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD TAKE TO KEEP YOUR PET SAFE?
Although chances of getting a virus from pets are low,Still many humans and domestic animal organizations recommend pet owners to follow safety precautions and measures to save them and their pets.
1) Do care of your pets as you do for your family members.
2) Always wash hands before and after while touching your pets. It is good to sanitize their living place.
3) Use a mask and other protective equipment while coming in close contact with your pet.
4) It is better to self isolate yourself and not touch your pet, if you and your family member show symptoms of COVID-19.
5) It is nice to limit the contact of your pets with other people. Rules of social distancing apply in case of your pets too. Also keep an eye on the vaccination schedule of your pet.
STAY HOME STAY SAFE
Our pets mean the world to us and they badly need our support and love in this critical situation of pandemic. It is suggested to maintain good hygiene and keeping your pet and you highly clean.Stay updated with any upcoming research related to pets and COVID-19. Don’t believe in rumors and stay connected with your veterinarian for suggestions and guidelines for the wellbeing and good health of your beloved pets.
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KEY WORDS (COVID-19 PETS) (CAT CORONAVIRUS) ( DOG CORONAVIRUS) ( NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) ( WHO)