Wash your hands after stroking your pet, say French experts

Grant Boone
March 26, 2020

"Feed and handle your animal per normal", she said.

"So far, other than one suspected canine in Hong Kong, which turned out to a weak negative, there have been no canines or felines infected", she said.

The CDC states there is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with the new coronavirus.

Goldstein said they've also received a lot of inquiries.

In fact, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong concluded: "The sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from the infected person and subsequently infected the dog".

If you have COVID-19 they recommend avoiding petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

If that happened, it could potentially be transmitted to another member of your household, Goldstein said.

On the flip side, the CDC says, "Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare". The virus tends to live on hard surfaces, not porous surfaces. This includes washing your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies, and practicing good pet hygiene and cleaning up after pets properly.

Dr. Dennis Sepulveda of the Veterinary Wellness Center of Glen Rock is also urging caution. In a WHIOTV7 article, almost 100 percent of the foster animals were adopted. "Abandoning pets is something very inhumane, they are my family and they should be treated the same way you treat your family members", Prasad told ANI. "Pet parents everywhere can take these steps to ensure their pet's wellbeing, despite the levels of uncertainty in the world around us".

"They bring us comfort and keep our mind off things".

Wallace adds, "There have also been no positive COVID-19 tests reported from the major veterinary diagnostic laboratory, IDEXX".

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Even though there is no evidence yet that domestic animals can transmit the virus to humans or get sick from it, there could be a potential risk, said the French Academy of Medicine, which advises the government on epidemics and has set up a dedicated COVID-19 monitoring group.

If you have been infected with coronavirus, you should restrict contact with pets, just like you would around other people.

However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it's always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.

"Would your parents abandon you just because you're sick?" Don't forget to wash your hands after interactions with your pets!

Don't buy face masks for your pets, Sepulveda said.

Should my pet wear a face mask when in public?

Ensure adequate pet-care supply - Pet owners should have enough food, supplements, medications, and any other pet-care products needed to last your pet at least two weeks and, ideally, four weeks. We provide pet parents with the most up-to-date and accurate articles and guides by working with a team of board-certified veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and expert trainers.

Some places, such as the Willamette Humane Society, have had to shut down and suspend activities due to the virus.

Gannon advised people consider concerns about how the growing outbreak will affect the supply chain and to "take stock now" of what's in your house and "order as early as you can".

"Sometimes with situations like this, people say 'Oh it'll be fine, nothing will happen, ' but then something can happen suddenly and you aren't prepared. At the same time, we want to make sure that if you if that if your pet is ill, because that's another thing that's coming up now, like what do I do", said Willis-Henderson.

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