Introduction and What is Coronavirus?
As everyone is on a more heightened alert about the spread of germs, it is important to make sure you feel comfortable around and your dogs and cats. Coronavirus is a novel disease, also known as COVID-19, which is set for an unpredictable rise across the globe. The novel coronavirus has a high RO factor, due to which, it spreads at a very fast pace and takes up time in showing up in a medical scan. The symptoms associated with the virus usually appear after 2 to 14 days, in humans.
What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus in Dogs and Cats?
Pets like dogs and cats are not as prone to catching the novel coronavirus, as are human beings. However, in situations when they may get infected with the disease through human to animal contact, the following symptoms may show up:
- Low pathogen levels
- Low level infections
- Weak intestinal system
- Mild respiratory tract problems
How Does Coronavirus Spread?
There is no evidence as of now whether a pet dog or a cat could transmit the novel coronavirus to their owners. In fact, humans can become the source of infection of COVID-19, which can reduce the levels of pathogens in pets. If your pet is tested positive for the virus, they should be put into a quarantine.
How to Avoid Coronavirus in Pets?
Since coronavirus can be easily transmitted from a human to animal, there are a few important steps that a pet owner must practice:
- A hygienic household environment should be maintained
- Before and after touching the pets, pet owners should thoroughly wash their hands
- Kissing or cuddling with your pet should be avoided
- Food handling for the pets should be done with clean hands and followed with washing hands
- Disinfect frequently-used household items and objects used by the pets.
How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus?
Being a zoonotic disease, coronavirus can be easily transmitted from animals to humans. Therefore, it is important for humans to practice a few preventive measures, in order to protect themselves from the disease. Some of them are:
- Wash your hands with clean water and an alcohol based soap, for at least 20 seconds each, at regular intervals.
- Unprotected contact with stray animals or stray animals should be avoided.
- Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.
- Meat and poultry should be thoroughly cooked. Consumption of undercooked meat should be avoided.
- Distance should be maintained from people who are sick or show flu-like symptoms.
- Sanitizers should be used to disinfect
How is Coronavius Treated?
No effective form of vaccine or treatment has yet been discovered for humans, cats, dogs, in order to cure or prevent the virus. The only form of care extended towards animals and humans is by providing aid and relief from the flu-like symptoms.
How Can I Check My Pet?
Watch your dogs and cats closely for signs of sickness. If your pet remains sick for a long period of time, acts lethargic, has a weak intestinal system, or shows signs of a weak respiratory tract, a veterinarian should be contacted immediately.
Pets like dogs and cats are not as prone to catching the novel coronavirus, as human beings are, but is always good to be cautious when the spread super-viruses are on the rise. Wash your hands often and create hygenic routines to keep you and your pets safe.