COVID-19 has brought many far-reaching changes to our lives. Not only humans but pets are also at risk of getting infected by this deadly virus.
There are chances of the infection getting transmitted between humans and animals. This requires you to be extra cautious and ensure that your pets are not infected.
Can Pets Get Infected with COVID-19?
Animals can get infected with the coronavirus.
A tiger in a New York zoo was the first case of an animal getting infected with COVID-19. It is believed that the tiger would have got infected from a zoo employee. Two cats in New York City were also tested positive for COVID-19 recently. One of these cats lives with an owner who was previously tested positive for COVID-19.
This adds weight to the theory that COVID-19 infection can spread between humans and animals. Pets like cats and dogs are more vulnerable to coronavirus and can get infected by COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Pets
Your pets may have high temperature and cold as symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If these symptoms persist and the pet does not seem well, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.
Testing animals for COVID-19 is still not common. Your veterinarian can submit the request for the test to the authorities if he feels the need for it.
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Can You Get Infected from Your Pets?
There is still a lack of conclusive evidence that COVID-19 can spread from pets to humans and vice-versa. Some coronavirus strains are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted between humans and animals.
There is more likelihood of picking up the infection from the fur of the pets. Coronavirus can survive on surfaces and gets transmitted as droplets. Hence, it is important to wash your hands before and after touching your pets to remain safe from COVID-19 infection.
How to Protect Your Pets from COVID-19?
You can follow some precautionary measures to protect your pets from COVID-19 infection. It is better not to take your pets out too frequently.
Try to minimize their contact with the external world. You can also act as a carrier for your pets and unknowingly infect them. When you return home from outside, do not immediately touch your pets.
Take a shower and change your clothes before coming in contact with the pets. If you have symptoms or COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with it, then quarantine your pets and limit your contact with them to protect them.