February 05, 2020 2 min read
These are all valid questions you might be asking in regards to the recent Coronavirus Crisis we are having.
Up until last week, according to The World Health Organization there had not been any reported cases of coronavirus in domestic animals. But this week, Hong Kong authorities confirmed that a Pomeranian in fact tested positive for the Coronavirus, which elevated concerns for pet owners across the globe.
According to experts, it's very unlikely that dogs or cats can actually be infected with the Coronavirus. What most likely have occured in the case of the Pomeranian is that the pet owner himself was infected with Coronavirus and was being treated, he was likely shedding large quantities of Coronavirus some of which ended up on the dog. The dog is in quarantine, being examined to see if any symptoms will develop.
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, in fact it may cause them breathing problems, so avoid putting masks on dogs
Although it's highly unlikely for you to pass coronavirus to your dog, if a pet is around an infected person, they might transmit the virus for a few hours while the virus is still alive.
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