For years rabies has been the only thing a dog could give you (which is why dogs are required to get rabies shots). Recently a dog in China tested positive for the coronavirus, now before you panic let me point out a few things. They swabbed the pup's nose and mouth for the testing, it seems like the virus was around the house and he was obviously inhaling it. The pup doesn't have any symptoms. This is the only pup that has tested positive in the WORLD and he is currently under Hong Kong quarantine. So it's really a waiting game but all is Iooking well. So need to blame or abandon your pup. I have gathered some answers from the CDC, Vet MD and my local vet as more information comes available this section will be updated.
How worried should I be that the virus will infect my pet?
Not very worried. As of March 1, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus and currently, there is no evidence that a dog or other pets can contract or spread the disease among themselves or humans, says the CDC.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID_19?
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Should I be concerned about my pet with other animals?
While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets
What should I do if my animal came in contact with someone who has diagnosed with COVID-19?
There isn’t evidence that COVID-19 can spread through pets, so don’t worry. If your pet gets sick after interaction with someone with COVID-19, first call your veterinarian.
Pet Emergency Plan
- Make sure you have enough food, treats and supplies to last you 60 days
- Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if you or someone in your house becomes ill.
- Have crates and food in cause you need to move your pet
- Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure all medications are documented with administering directions.
- Have an identification collar for your pet: collar with ID tag and microchip