COVID-19 and Pets: What You Need to Know


Two house cats and a dog in North Carolina have been tested positive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The cat had a mild respiratory illness, while all the pets are expected to make their full recoveries, as per the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention). However, the World Health Organisation has called a myth for the claims that suggest domestic animals can transmit the COVID-19 infection to their owner. 

Risk of Spreading of Virus From People to Pets

As a matter of truth, we are still learning about the virus, which has caused mayhem worldwide. But, the virus can spread from people to animals. Only a small number of pets worldwide have been tested for the novel virus, and most of them because of coming with someone with a COVID-19 infection.

The infected pets may get sick, often showing no symptoms like humans. A few pets exhibited symptoms, had mild, and were fully recovered.

You must speak to your vet about protecting your pet from bacterial infection, which could lead to several health problems. You can make your dog or cat take the Clavamox for dogs tablets, a powerful antibiotic that is effective in treating a broad array of bacterial infections. But, the best part, the Clavamox is formulated especially so that the pets are resistant to antibiotics.

The Clavamox for dogs & cats is generally used to treat infections in the mouth, bladder infections, soft tissue infections such as wounds and dermatitis, and skin infection. It is not advisable for parasitic and viral infections. Besides, not recommended for pets for those who are breeding or pregnant. The Clavamox for dogs and cats is available in tablets, with strength, between 62.5 to 400 mg. The soft tissue and skin infection are treated between three to seven days. If your pet is not responding to these tablets even after three days, then you must consult your dog’s vet right away.

What to Do If You Have a Pet?

Until we learn about the virus and how it affects the animals, it is imperative to protect them just like any other family member.

Since there is a risk of spreading the virus from people to pets, it is of paramount importance to do the social distance with your pet if you are exhibiting symptoms of a virus such as a cough, cold, or sneezing. Further, the CDC has highly recommended that pet owners limit their dog or cat’s interaction with the outside world.

Keep your pet inside whenever possible; don’t let them freely roam outside.

Your dog must walk at a 2 meters distance from other pets in the park.

Avoid places where there are large public gatherings.

You must not put a mask on the face of your pet, as it could harm them.

There is to date no evidence that suggests the virus from the skin or fur of the pet can transmit to the people. Never wipe or bathe your pet with a chemical disinfectant or alcohol-based sanitizer. You must talk to your vet if you have queries related to how to keep your pet clean and hygienic in the COVID-19 era.

What to Do if Your Pet is Sick?

If you are infected with COVID-19 or suspecting it, you must restrict your pet and other animals’ contact. When you are sick, you must send your pet to someone who can take the best care till you fully recover. Wash your hands and wear a mask before you interact with your pet.

Stay Healthy Around the Pets

Around the globe, there has been no evidence that suggests animals have played any role in the spread of the COVID-19 infection. Based on the present studies, we can easily deduce that the risk of spread from the disease from pets to animals is negligible. However, the pets are the breeding grounds for several health problems; you must follow healthy practices around the pets.

Properly wash your hands after handling your pet and their food—practice good pet hygiene. You must speak to your vet if you have a query related to their health. People with a compromised immune system are likely to get sick from the germs and bacteria the pets carry.

If you are a COVID-19 infected person, take your pet to the veterinarian yourself; instead, call them to come to your place or telemedicine.

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