When the safety of your feathered and furry animals is at risk, it’s essential to get accurate information. The information on this page is directly from a recent release from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) that discusses Covid-19 and pets. The link to the full PRESS RELEASE is at the end of this article.
Q. What about the dog in Hong Kong reportedly infected with the coronavirus? Should I be worried for my own dogs, cats and parrots?
A. The samples collected on February 26, 2020, from the dog, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, detected low levels of the virus causing Covid-19. The test was repeated on March 5, 2020, with the results continuing to be a weak positive. A weak positive means that a small quantity of the virus was in the samples. The available information does not distinguish if the sample contained intact viruses — or RENA fragments.
Only whole intact Covid-19 viruses are infectious, not RNA fragments.
Investigating agencies, experts from the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) explain that test results indicate that this do may have a low-level of coronavirus infection. More evidence is needed to determine if this is a case of human-to-animal transmission.
This pet dog is one of two pet dogs currently under quarantine in separate rooms in a facility at the Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. The second pet dog has had negative test results for the virus.
These pet dogs are being cared for and neither has shown any signs of being ill with COVID-19. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree: There is no evidence indicating that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, or to people.
Q. Can this coronavirus (Covid-19) infect companion animals?
A. Presently, there is no clear evidence that companion animals can become sick and infect other animals or infect people.
However, because there are other zoonotic diseases that animals can spread to people, it is always a good idea to wash your hands before and after interacting with your companion animals.
Q. Is testing for Covid-19 available for animals in the United States?
A. Presently, there is no clinical testing available for animals in the US. It is important to remember that it is suspected that this virus originated from bats, there is currently limited evidence that other animals, including our companion animals, can be infected with this virus. And, there is no evidence to suggest that pets can spread COVID-19 to other people or other pets.
Read the full document here: AVMA – Covid-19: FAQs for Per Owners.
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