With the global pandemic raging on, questions arise on the daily about the cause, spreading, and treatment. In the first few months of this virus, people began to question if dogs could also be susceptible to catching COVID-19.
There were many rumors circulating that dogs and cats could in fact get sick and that staying social distanced is key. Honestly, there is no concrete evidence that suggests dogs can transmit COVID-19, according to the CDC.
There have been a few reported cases of dogs getting the same diseases and viruses that humans get, but exactly how COVID-19 affects them is uncertain. Those that are still worried about catching the virus from dogs can use these few tips to stay even safer. After giving cuddles, kisses, or pets to your furry friends, be sure to wash your hands.
Additionally, keeping your home clean, along with your dog’s bedding, crates, and toys, is important. If you see that your dogs have bites, scratches, or sores, then seeking medical attention as quickly as possible is recommended. As previously stated, there is no solid evidence that dogs can transmit the virus, but precautions can still be taken. If you do believe that your dogs are sick, you need to act accordingly.
Some symptoms that arise could be fever, eye discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes shortness of breath. If these symptoms start to occur, it’s best to speak with your vet immediately. Many vets will offer basic medicine or even carry out testing, just to make sure that nothing more serious is taking place.