Can our pets get infected with coronavirus?

Can our pets get infected with coronavirus?

It seems like, yes that’s possible! Hong Kong has reported its first case of human-to-animal transmission in a pet dog Pomeranian which was tested as a “weak positive” and “low-level infection”. Hong Kong health authorities reported that it could be a surface contamination with the dog picking up the virus in its nose and mouth rather than actually being infected.

So what can we do to protect our household, dogs and cats during a virus outbreak?

  1. Cleaning the floor and common areas e.g. sofa, indoor potty daily. Any area where your pet hangs around should be cleaned at least once daily. As the virus can survive on surfaces for 2-3 days, any areas contaminated with the virus or bacteria will leave our pets exposed to it for a substantial period of time.
  2. Washing of food and water bowl after every meal with hot water and mild soap. Especially for those of us who are raw feeders, we understand that any food particles left in the food bowl for a prolonged period of time is a breeding ground for pathogens. So keep those bowls, and any unfinished food, after 30 minutes.
  3. Having a general wipe-down after walks or other outdoor activities. Our animals are such curious creatures and we never know what they pick up along the way on the grass, pavement and other objects of interest. So cleaning their paws, faces and bodies on a daily basis and after every walk is a great hygiene practice to have, even during non-crisis times!

Please always use a pet-friendly, non-toxic and non-corrosive disinfectant. Read the labels to check the disinfectant is friendly towards humans and animals. It should be independently tested and certified as effective against harmful micro-organisms and viruses.

Stay safe everyone!

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