Pet Parents: Expert Say Your Pets Can’t Pass You the Coronavirus

Henrietta Brewer
March 26, 2020

The Multnomah County shelter is taking steps to temporarily board pets belonging to hospitalized COVID-19 patients, Sadler said.

Pets don't spread CoronavirusAsk Dr Chinny Krishna, co-founder of Blue Cross of India, about the concerns among pet owners and he says, "Organisations like The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have sent notifications saying that pets don't spread Coronavirus".

Nationally, the ASPCA has seen a almost 70 percent increase in animals going into foster care through its New York City and Los Angeles foster programs in the past week or so compared to the same time period in 2019, said Matt Bershadker, the group's president and CEO. As of the writing, authorities say the canines are still not showing any symptoms of the virus and are presently under strict observation.

The McKnight Veterinary Hospital treats small and exotic animals which includes cats, dogs, birds and bunnies.

"Those animals were asymptomatic". "Pet parents should not feel like they have to compromise their pets' nutrition or other needs during this pandemic. All you need to do is practise basic hygiene and not allow them near an unknown person". Were they just accidental cases?

There's also now no evidence that shows pets can spread the virus, according to the CDC and World Health Organization.

Many owners still have questions about how exactly the virus can affect animals.

Quarantine yourself from pets - If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect that you may be positive, it remains unclear whether a pet contract COVID-19 or become a vector for passing it, so steer clear of pets and other humans in your household during this time.

She added, "Animals are comforting and nonjudgmental".

Avoid sharing your food or being kissed or licked by your pet and always wash your hands. Michael Abraham of CSK Pet Point, Mylapore, in Chennai, says that he, too, received calls from people asking him to help find a shelter for their pets.

"We've had a lot of applications from teachers who are working from home and from others who say they usually have a very busy schedule, but right now they have time to give an animal love and attention on a temporary basis", said Jeana Roth, director of community engagement for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook.

But beyond those main focuses are other parts of our daily routines facing potential disruption, such as how to care for a pet when quarantine and severe illness are part of the landscape. "It may be more on a emergency-type basis rather than business as usual", she said, "but there will be ways that veterinary care will still be available to animals".

Helen Childs, a veterinarian at the West End Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, says corona virus is common with pets.

If clients have a sick pet there could be virtual exams held, she added later.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. "We're coming up with strategies following Colorado and American Veterinary Medical Association on how we should come up with strategies to continue to care for animals during the pandemic".

The government has announced strict implementation of MCO from 18th of March to the 31st of March 2020.

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