What pet owners need to know about COVID-19


Canadians shouldn’t worry about their dog or cat throwing a coronavirus, though anyone who tests certain for COVID-19 is being suggested to equivocate hit with their pets as most as probable as a precaution.

While there are a few reports of cats and dogs being putrescent with COVID-19, those cases are deliberate “extremely rare,” according to swelling illness dilettante Dr. Abdu Sharkawy.

“And opportunely there is positively no documented justification to date of a delivery from an putrescent pet to a human. So this is not something that we need to be indispensably endangered about,” Dr. Sharkawy told CTV’s Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme in a sit-down talk on Monday.

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In Hong Kong, a 17-year-old dog tested certain for a pathogen progressing this month. Health officials pronounced a infection was deliberate “low-level” and was expected a outcome of human-to-animal transmission.

Despite contrast positive, a dog was described as physically healthy and was quarantined as a precaution. It was reason for weeks and eventually expelled after it tested disastrous for a pathogen and showed no symptoms.

However, only dual days after withdrawal quarantine, a animal died. Vets pronounced a dog’s genocide might have been related to a highlight of being reason divided from a family.

The dog’s central means of genocide could not be dynamic since a owner, who recently recovered from COVID-19, refused an autopsy.

“Members of a open are suggested to compute that ‘being infected’ does not equal being swelling and means of swelling a COVID-19 virus,” a Hong Kong SPCA wrote in a statement. “We wish to remind a open that there is no justification that messenger animals can broadcast a illness to humans.”

Health Canada pronounced there is now no justification to advise that a coronavirus is being widespread by animals in this country.

“It is probable that some forms of animals can be putrescent with COVID-19 though there is no justification that pets or other animals can widespread a virus. There are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and this is an area that stays to be complicated and understood,” Health Canada pronounced in a matter on a website.


It’s still fine to take your dog for a walk, Dr. Sharkawy said.

“We have to remember: this is a marathon, it’s not a sprint. We are going to need exercise. We are going to need uninformed air. As frightful as this is, it’s not a chief fallout. You are means to get out of your home and to smell some uninformed air,” he said.

However, people should equivocate walking in vast groups or being in tighten buliding with others. At dog parks, dog owners should continue to use earthy enmity from any other.

“It’s critical to get uninformed air, though remember, it’s not a amicable activity,” Dr. Sharkawy said.

But anyone who is vital in self-isolation after returning home from transport or who has tested certain for a pathogen should not take their dog for a transport outside, Dr. Sharkawy said.

“We only wish to minimize any intensity event for someone who might be during a aloft risk of carrying been putrescent entrance opposite somebody else. It’s a large ask, though remember, it’s temporary. So dual weeks is something we can get through.”


Health Canada advises anyone with COVID-19 to take additional precautions around their pets and, if possible, to ask another family member to demeanour after them.

Despite a miss of investigate into animals with COVID-19, tighten hit is still discouraged.

“Do not graze or lick them, or let them lick you, lay on your lap, or nap in your bed,” Health Canada wrote in a open advisory.

Those with a pathogen should equivocate coughing or sneezing on their pet. Owners should also extent their pet’s hit with other animals and people, that might meant gripping them indoors, Health Canada said.

In Victoria, a cat hotel is charity giveaway room and house for felines of owners who are hospitalized.


For a moment, there have been no reports of stock being putrescent by COVID-19 anywhere.

Health Canada says stock producers should continue to follow a common biosecurity measures, that embody tying hit between animals and anyone who has trafficked recently or who might have been in hit with someone who has trafficked recently.


Anyone who skeleton on importing or adopting an animal from abroad is being asked to “limit or postpone” those skeleton for a time being. However, Health Canada says that if animals contingency be alien into a country, they should be monitored for signs of illness.

If a animal becomes sick, owners are suggested to call their oldster and explain a conditions before display adult during a clinic.

Some rescue organizations have dangling their programs for a time being. In Toronto, rescue organisation Save a Scruff has put all adoptions on hold.

“For a public’s safety, and until borders reopen, we do not wish a volunteers visiting a airfield to pick-up dogs until it is protected to do so,” a classification pronounced in a statement.


There is no justification that mosquitoes are means of carrying a coronavirus. Even so, Dr. Sharkawy pronounced mosquitos can still broadcast West Nile virus, that can lead to critical disease, quite for people over a age of 50.

“So we don’t wish to take mosquitoes lightly. If we are out, try and wear prolonged sleeves when possible. If you’re during a cruise or somewhere else, insect repellant is important. Avoid areas of low H2O where mosquitoes breed,” he said. ​

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