Can dogs and cats get Covid-19?
Swabs were used in PCR tests, which provide evidence of current infection, and blood samples were tested for antibodies, which provide evidence of past infection.
In total, 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households were tested. Six cats and seven dogs (4.2%) tested positive for PCR and 31 cats and 23 dogs (17.4%) tested positive for antibodies.
Eight cats and dogs living in the same households as the PCR-positive pets were also retested at this second stage to check for virus transmission between pets. None tested positive, suggesting that the virus was not transmitted between pets living in close contact.
Immersed in the sixth wave of the coronavirus and with the incidence rising at great speed, it is inevitable to think about pets. Can they become infected? Do they get it? What measures should be adopted if there is or has been close contact? There are many questions about which doubts weigh heavily.
For his part, Víctor Martín, head of hospitalization at Simbiosis Veterinaria, stresses that no serious cases have been reported of pets infected by SARS-CoV-2 and, in any case, positive for contact antigens in areas such as hair and other body surfaces.
Pets and COVID 19 What should you know?
This means that you should avoid having contact with your pet, including petting, hugging, kissing or being licked, and sharing your food and bedding. If possible, ask another family member to care for your pet while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after interacting with your pets, and wear a cloth face covering.
However, since animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make people sick, it is always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing your hands before and after interacting with them.
For any animal that tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 in a private or state laboratory, USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories will perform additional testing to confirm infection and will post positive animal results on its website.
Pet Safety and COVID-19
The White House announced that all international travelers entering the United States will be required to be vaccinated and this requirement will begin effective November 8, 2021. FDA-approved or cleared vaccines and vaccines on the WHO emergency use list will be accepted for entry into the United States. More information is available here.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause disease in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect people.
Some coronaviruses that infect animals can be transmitted to people and then between people, but this is rare. This is what happened with SARS-CoV-2, which probably originated in bats.