Coronavirus Outbreak and Its Impact on Our Pets

  • Common signs of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • The current coronavirus is no threat to dogs or cats but staying extra careful is still very much necessary.
  • If pets come into contact with suspected patients, they should be quarantined.

The new decade has started off with a bang; not in a good way, unfortunately. As if the bushfires in Australia weren’t enough, there’s another misery on us – the Coronavirus outbreak. It has already started to spread across multiple countries and worse, it’s claiming the lives of many. Below is everything you pet parents need to know about this global crisis and how you can keep yourselves and your pets safe during such tumultuous times.

The graphic below will give you a fair idea as to what’s been going on with regards to the life-threatening and widespread coronavirus disease.

Name Of The Disease

When the virus came into existence on the 31st of December of last year (2019), there was no specific name given to the virus as doctors didn’t have a fair idea as to what exactly caused its birth. A couple of months later, a name was agreed upon – COVID-19, which was officially announced by the World Health Organization.

Infographic representation of Corona virus and Its Impact on Our Pets.

Originated In

The disease originated in a seafood market in the city of Wuhan in China where wildlife used to be sold illegally. It is also recently known that the virus could possibly be in concordance with the bat-borne coronavirus. Another possible source of this deadly virus is thought to be from snakes.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The common signs of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the deadly virus can cause issues like pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), kidney failure, and even death. Moreover, the virus is contagious and its incubation period is believed to be between one and 14 days.

The Virus Is Spreading To Other Countries

Slowly but gradually this life threatening disease is spreading to other countries as well. Apart from China, this disease has spread to as many as 24 countries including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, and Vietnam.

 It’s A Human Disease, So What’s In It For Pets?

Coronavirus is a dangerous virus that is, as we speak, taking human lives one by one. And despite it being a disease for humans, animals and pets are vulnerable to certain types of coronavirus such as Canine Respiratory Coronavirus. Thankfully though, the current coronavirus is no threat to dogs or cats but staying extra careful is still very much necessary.

How To Cure Novel Coronavirus?

Unfortunately, at present, novel coronavirus is not curable. Scientists though, are working their socks off to find an anecdote for this dangerous virus. Fingers crossed. Let’s hope for the best.

Are Dogs And Cats Capable Of Spreading Coronavirus?

It was speculated that animals such as cats and dogs were also playing a part in spreading the virus from human to human. In an interview with China Central Television, Dr Li Lanjuan had said “If pets come into contact with suspected patients, they should be quarantined.” However, a local media tweaked Lanjuan’s words saying “cats and dogs can spread the coronavirus.” This created havoc among the general public, which was only calmed down by this tweet from the World Health Organization.

Preventative Measures Against The Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Wash hands thoroughly and regularly, preferably with an alcohol-based soap or liquid hand wash. This helps in killing the virus if any.
  • Keep yourself and your pets at a fair distance from people and other animals, preferably from those individuals who are coughing and sneezing.
  • Always cover your nose and mouth while you sneeze. This prevents the germs from spreading in the air. Also, do not sneeze on your pet or anyone around you.
  • Wear protective masks for more protection. Get a mask for your pet too.
  • If your pet or you have symptoms similar to the coronavirus ones, seek medical assistance immediately.
  • Do not take your pet on walks to busy places, especially live fish and meat markets.

Staying alert and keeping yourself and your canine well protected during his global outbreak is the best way to tackle such a situation. For your pet’s safety, ensure you are doing everything you can to keep them safe. Besides, do not forget to keep your buddy on a flea and tick prevention schedule. To get flea and tick products at discounted rates, make sure you check out! Stay safe and keep your beloved pets safe too!

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Donal S

Hello, I am Donal. A  pet trainer, I have always been surrounded by pets. All my life, it has been my goal to contribute towards animal welfare in some way. And thankfully, I was able to pursue my dream. Now, I am a freelance dog trainer, helping pet parents to train their dogs in a methodic way. Moreover, I also write informational blogs and pet training guides for various websites, one of them is I strive towards providing factual and helpful content to my audience so they can look after their pets.

2 thoughts to “Coronavirus Outbreak and Its Impact on Our Pets”

    1. Thanks, Gordon We appreciate your concern and it is high time we better follow precautionary measures. Keeping dogs in isolation along with controlling dog park visits can help greatly. I hope my article may be helpful regarding this.

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