“Can my dog get Coronavirus?” or
“How can I protect my Dog against the unknowns of the Coronavirus?
The World Health Organization reported that there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in domestic animals. “At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus,” their report says.
Bu even though there are no recorded coronavirus cases in pets, an epidemiologist and of China’s National Health Commission did caution Chinese pet owners about the health of their pets: “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.”
So what should I be doing to protect my health and my dog's health?
At the moment, pet owners that are not located in China don't need to change their life style to prevent coronavirus. The virus is not transmittable in packaging and mail, so there needs to be no worry about receiving packages from China.
When in contact with any animal, it's best to wash your hands with soap and water.
Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the new coronavirus. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog, speak to a veterinarian.