It’s been a crazy few weeks with the spread of the Corona Virus Pandemic. From heartbreaking videos of people hurting animals (because they believe that they can contract the virus directly from them) to watching the number of Corona cases rise globally, it has been an extremely scary situation to see.
It would be irresponsible on our part not to share vital information with our community, on how to keep both ourselves and our pets safe during this time.
First off… what is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a respiratory disease that spreads from person-to-person. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.
Can your Pet Get Coronavirus?
In the panic over the spread of the virus, people are worried not only about their own health but the health of their dogs, cats, and other pets. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) says that
“while this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person”.
That being said, there have been two reports of dogs in Hong Kong who tested positive for the virus after their owners became infected with the virus. One of the dogs is a German Shepherd while the other is a Pomeranian, both dogs showed no symptoms of being infected. It’s worth noting that both of these claims have not been acknowledged by the CDC or World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The CDC says that further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
How to protect pets if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been OFFICIAL reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
Stock Up on Pet Supplies
Even though there has not been a total shut down of things in Nigeria, Bars and nightclubs in Lagos have been closed, so it might be possible that other business sectors will close too. While stocking up for yourself remember to stock up for your pet as well with essential supplies in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include some supplies of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.
How to Protect Yourself
We know you have probably read these steps multiple times but they cannot be overemphasized.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough using the bend of your elbow or a tissue.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention early – but call first.