Well it has been an interesting couple of months. The spread of the Coronavirus has caused significant disruption on us all both physically and mentally. Having a pet during this time will have allowed some distraction and comfort during this time but should we be concerned that our feline babies are at risk?
There was a report in April that two cats in New York had been tested as positive for COVID-19. New York has been hit particularly bad with the virus with hundreds of people hospitalized with symptoms. Is it any wonder that with a population of almost 20 million that animals would be at risk of such viruses? The two identified cats thankfully only suffered mild symptoms of COVID-19 and made a full recovery quickly.
It appears that the transmission to animals is rare with only a handful of cats and dogs noted to have contracted the disease and there is no documented evidence that there is any risk of animals transferring the virus back to humans.
A vet in Maine, USA, tested thousands of cats, and dogs and found nothing of concern and with the global figure reaching 10 million as of today we should have more evidence collected by now.
There is always going to be that little thought in the back of your mind worrying at what could be. So, to avoid these thoughts the only way is to ensure you are extra careful with your pets.
- Avoid touching strange animals
- Try and keep your pets from roaming into other property as much as possible
- Walk you pets at a safe distance to others
- Avoid parks or heavy populated places with your pets
- Avoid using harsh chemicals around the house which could cause harm to your pets
- If you pet is acting different to normal, then get them checked out by your vet
- If you have been tested positive for COVID or you have the symptoms, then self-isolate and try and avoid being close to your pets as much as possible
Basic hygiene is the key for both humans and animals, and if this is followed there is a good chance that you will all be safe.