Can I take my Dog on a Walk during the Convid-19 outbreak?
Going for a walk with your dog is a factor of the policy in your country or state. Some countries imposed a complete lockdown and no one is allowed to go for a walk. If the laws of your state or country permit you to go out on a walk then your dog can accompany you for sure.
At this time, our experts have carried out a research at DogData and we believe the chances of your dogs contacting the virus is very slim. WHO currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs can be infected with Convid -19 as well. There is also no evidence that dogs plays or can play a role in the spread of the Virus. There is even no evidence that other domestic animals like cats can also play a role in the spread of the virus.
But Two dogs have tested Positive for Convid-19 in Hong Kong
Well it is possible for your dogs to contact the virus from infected persons. This is because humans shed large quantities of the virus. Two dogs were recently and they are a 17 year old Pomeranian and a 2 year old German shepherd dog. But there is absolutely no indication that the dogs become sick through the virus. A week later the dogs tested negative to the virus. But there is absolutely no indication that dogs can spread it to humans because they do not shed it at all and even if they do its negligeble.
Although pets cannot become sick from COVID-19, could they infect humans?
It is absolutely possible that humans can spread it to their dogs during a walk or in other times. If an infected person sneeze or cough directly on their pets then they could contact the virus. It is also possible to transmit the virus to your dogs when you touch their mouths, nose or eyes. Therefore you should avoid touching the face of your dogs while on a walk or at home. You should also avoid sneezing and coughing directly on your dog.
DogData Veterinary experts believe that the risk for transmission to dogs is very low. Convid 19 also last longer on the hand and other surfaces such as metal, glass, your dogs metallic lease and so on. Therefore after when you return home from a walk you should keep the lease away from the reach of your dog and disinfect it as soon as possible.
We would also advise you that you should stay away from your dog if you are sick of the virus and completely avoid walking your pets.
Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for dogs?
At the moment there is no vaccine for CONVID-19 for humans, dogs and other animals. There are other members of the coronavirus family and there are various species. They all cause common type of illness but do not have the same treatment. And for now Convid-19 has absolutely no form of treatment or vaccine. However you can vaccinate your dogs and domestic animals from other family members of coronavirus but certainly not against Convid-19.
Can veterinarians test for COVID-19 in dogs?
Veterinarians can absolutely test for CONVID-19 in dogs and the test request must be submitted by a Vet in most parts of the world. Although dogs do not necessarily spread it to humans but the test is necessary in order to monitor future outbreaks. Scientist are also of the opinion that soon the virus can mutate and then could be transmitted from dogs to humans therefore monitoring it in dogs is necessary.
Should my dog wear a face mask during a walk?
Not at all. There is absoluetely no need putting a face mask on them. Doing that can cause other breathing and respiratory issues in your dogs. However you should wear a surgical face mask during a walk so that you would not pass on the virus to your pets and other humans. A facemask also has the potential to protect you against the virus. Dogs are at a minimal risk of contacting the virus therefore it is necessary for you to protect your self at all time during a walk and in other times. To protect your self DogData recommends the following
Safeguarding your self would go along way in safeguarding your pets.
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