Keeping You and Your Dog Healthy During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Within a few months, the name ‘Coronavirus’ has caused spikes in panic. Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed panic buying and drops in the stock market. Despite some fears surrounding the virus, we’re sharing some facts regarding cornavirus in dogs. You will learn whether your dog can catch coronavirus, what coronavirus is, and what you can do to keep you and your furry family protected!

What is coronavirus?

The World Health Organization identifies the coronavirus as a family of viruses. They include a range from the common cold to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS) to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) (Source). These coronaviruses are very different than the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China. It is a new disease that has not been seen previously in humans. It is linked to a live animal market, although the exact wild animal source is undetermined. The virus does spread from person to person.

 

Keep yourself protected by:

  • Washing your hands,
  • Coughing into your elbow,
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick,
  • And by staying home if you are sick (Source).

Can my dog get coronavirus?

A dog was tested for COVID-19 in Hong Kong:

There is no evidence that your dog can be infected with the new coronavirus (Source).

A single case occurred where a ‘weak positive’ was found in a dog tested in Hong Kong. This result shows that it is very unlikely that the animal was infected. In fact, the dog may have had some residual contamination from their owner. This is similar to the virus being present on a door handle or your desk at work. The virus may have been present but was not infected.

 

Keep Yourself Healthy

We have all heard the news about how washing our hands to avoid getting sick. After touching your pet, be sure to wash your hands.

The chance of you catching coronavirus from your dog is unlikely. In fact, having a dog can help prevent you from getting sick. Dog’s expose us to more bacterial species which help strengthen our immune systems. Dog’s also improve our emotional health by being comrades in our times of need.

 

Keep Your Dog Healthy

During this season of sickness, it is important to keep yourself and your dog healthy. Any major changes to your dog’s lifestyle aren’t needed to keep them protected. Instead, you can continue caring for your dog as you usually do! Prevent your dog from getting a cold or any other illness by:

  • Avoid snuggling with your dog when you feel sick
  • Keep your home clean and disinfected if you do get sick
  • Give your dog a healthy diverse diet:
    • Extra whole food snacks like carrot pieces or kidney beans
    • Some pieces of cooked beef
    • A few blueberries for dessert
  • Make sure your dog is vaccinated
  • Keep your dog’s exercise routine regular

If you have an older dog, we recommend you give your dog additional probiotics and immune boosters to keep them protected.

 

Although it may feel like a scary time with the coronavirus 2019 spreading, stay calm and get advice from reputable sources. We will get through this! You, me, and our furry family members. 🙂

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