Should You Abandon Your Pet Cat or Dog after Recent COVID-19 Cases?
There's no need to panic.
After the death of an infected Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong, a cat in Belgium has allegedly caught Coronavirus too. This is the first case of its kind and has raised concerns. Some owners want to know whether they should abandon their pet cats and dogs or keep them.
Should I Abandon my Pet Cat or Dog?
There have been only officially reported Coronavirus cases in pets so far. Specifically, cats and dogs. So far, there has been only one confirmed case in a cat in Belgium. According to Virologist, Steven Van Gucht the owner was the reason behind the pet’s infection.
The veterinary medicine faculty in Liège reported that a coronavirus infection has been determined in a cat, which lived with her owner, who started showing symptoms of the virus a week before the animal did.
Mr. Gucht also added that there’s no need to panic or abandon your pet. Cases of the animal to human virus transfer are negligible.
We want to stress that this is an isolated case. Additionally, in this case, we are talking about a human-to-animal transmission, not the other way around. There are no indications that this is common. The risk of animal-to-human transmission is very small.
One of the two affected pet dogs in Honk Kong died recently but last reports had something else to say. The final test of the Pomeranian dog showed no traces of COVID-19 and the cause of death wasn’t linked to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Experts like Jane Sykes (University of California) also thinks there’s no need to panic. There is no plausible data available on the subject.
A pet cat and dog may be “dead-end” hosts for the novel COVID-19 virus. They could become infected but don’t shed enough of the virus to transmit it to humans or other animals.
The crux of the matter is, you don’t need to get rid of your pets. Get them checked properly and do what the health professionals advise you to.