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Can Dogs Get Corona Virus from Humans ?

Posted by Paul on

Can Dogs get Coronavirus from Humans ? Seems a very reasonable question with the Covid 19 virus being spread to a human from another species in the first place. The answer will shock you - YES. Two dogs in Hong Kong have contracted the virus from Humans. One of the dogs, a Pomeranian has since died, while the larger German Shepherd has survived. 

The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) described the virus found in the dog as being very similar to the human version and was most likely acquired from their owner, who tested positive for Covid 19. 

Meanwhile in Belgium a cat has acquired the Corona Virus from its owner, but in a bizarre twist the virus found within the cat were high levels of  SARS-CoV-2

Whatever is happening in inter species transmission I think it safe to say "keep your dog at home" with dog electric fences and keep your cat at home with cat electric fences

If your dog roams and you are near a known Covid 19 hotspot, good practice to wash your hands after patting a dog or cat in your area, and keep an eye on vomiting, difficulty breathing & lethargy