Yes, Dogs Can Get COVID-19, But Experts Don't Know How It Affects Them

During these trying times among the Corona Virus pandemic, you have probably found yourself worrying about your pet contracting the virus too.

The rumor mill has been spilling stories about tigers and cats being infected. But what about dogs? Are our canine companions in danger too? This what studies conducted in Australia and Hong Kong have found…

Yes, dogs can be infected with the virus, but it does not necessarily have the same effects as in humans.

Studies were conducted on a German Shepard and a Pomeranian that presented with the virus. Both the Pomeranian had many other illnesses such as kidney disease, a heart condition, hypothyroidism, and pulmonary hypertension. The German Shepard had no underlying diseases.

Both dogs had the virus identical to the human families that they lived with, telling us that the coronavirus did indeed jump from human parent to dog. But interesting enough, the other furry friend living with the German Shepherd did not get infected. This simply means that the virus does not necessarily jump between our dogs!

Unfortunately, the Pomeranian passed away two days after being let go from quarantine, but the vet reckons the reason was probably all the other diseases he was suffering from. The German Shepherd, however, was asymptomatic and showed no signs of being sick, living on happily and healthily!

The take-home message today is that it still remains unclear to us about transmission and infection of COVID-19 among our four-legged friends. But what is important is that we take the best measures possible to keep ourselves and our pets in a clean and safe environment!

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