Coronavirus and our PetsFollowing reports in the news of a pet dog in Hong Kong testing positive for coronavirus, we are aware pet owners may be worried. The dog tested as a “weak positive” for novel coronavirus multiple times, however has shown no symptoms of the virus. This result suggests only a very, very small amount of the virus was present in the animal.
This suggests that the dog has a low-level of infection of the novel coronavirus and this is likely to be a result of human to animal transmission. At the moment, evidence would suggest that COVID-19 is not “zoonotic”, and is unlikely to spread from animals to humans, and the predominant route of transmission of COVID-19 is still contact human to human or between humans and inanimate objects.
At this time, the World Health Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) have advised that: “There is no evidence that dogs (or cats) can contract or spread infection of COVID-19.” Pet owners are at no more risk from their furry friends than they are inanimate objects such as a door handle. The best approach is still to stick to good hygiene, using soap and water to wash hands regularly throughout the day.
We will endeavour to keep up to date with the situation, and inform our clients as soon as we have any more information. We advise clients to keep up to date with scientific reports, rather than relying on the tabloid news headlines.
Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for further updates as they become available to us.