Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Quoting directly from World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

According to WHO,  While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. This is further backed by World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH) stating "There’s no evidence that dogs can spread the disease or that the disease can cause an animal to fall ill."
However, both organizations disclaim that since this virus is fairly new, and still being studied, further studies may bring new findings. They are continuously monitoring the latest research and will update us as soon as new findings are available.

If you haven’t come across this news yet, a Pomeranian in Hong Kong who lives with a COVID-19 patient, tested “weak positive" after having undergo several oral and nasal tests and quarantined back in Feb 26, 2019. Recently, attending vet and head of veterinary medicine at Modern Animal, Christie Long DVM, stated that "The dog never became clinically ill, and it remains unclear whether the dog tested positive from being kept in an environment with a COVID-19-infected human or if the dog truly became infected with COVID-19, However there are currently not measurable amounts of antibodies in the blood” 
According to University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College professor, J. Scott Weese, “It wouldn’t be surprising for this to be a low-grade infection because dogs are not thought to be very good hosts for this virus.”
Despite the results, Hong Kong authorities still believe the dog could be a carrier of COVID-19, and are keeping the canine in isolation until that possibility is ruled out.
Canine Corona Virus (CCoV) is a highly infectious intestinal infection in dogs, especially puppies. Canine coronavirus is usually short-lived but may cause considerable abdominal discomfort for a few days in infected dogs. This is not to be mistaken with NCoV as CCoV does not affect people

At the moment, competent veterinary and research personnel have concluded that dogs are not very good hosts for the virus thus they are by any means of the word “safe", but that wont stop the virus from sticking into your dog’s fur or paw if your dog primarily resides outdoors, and eventually infect you, so what could you do? Here are some of the tips we gathered from various credible sources (WHO, Christie Long DVM, Dr. Shelly Rankin WOAH, and AKC);

  • Include your pet in your preparedness planning, i.e. stocking on dog food, medicine, etc.
  • Keep your dog’s fur clean, you can do this by keeping them in a clean and sanitized place, if you’re like us and the dogs run around the house just make sure your house is sanitized, or keeping them well groomed
  • Refrain from going on walks, stay at home and try to do other exercise alternatives for your doggos.
  • As we’ve all been reminded routine hand washing is a must, wash your hands after touching your dog
  • If you have kids, watch your kids when they interact with your doggos. Have them wash their hands afterwards
  • Don't let your pets kiss your face, since saliva can carry germs.
  • If they are both outdoor and indoor dogs, clean their paw with sanitizing wipes

These precautions are mainly for your protection, try your best to follow them. 

As of late, most competent veterinary, medical and research personnel agree that the COVID-19 does not affect dogs nor is the COVID-19 detrimental to their health or can it be transmitted from dog to humans, so to answer the question, NO YOUR DOG DOES NOT NEED A MASK, it’s unnecessary. If you’re really concerned with their health, invest more in immunity building supplements. 

We The Kardogshians will keep you posted with updates on our facebook page.

You may also access information from credible sources through World Health Organizations FAQS, Mythbusting, Protecting yourself and Research Page, on their website. however please use this knowledge responsibly.

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