COVID-19…Allows to love your pet or not

 COVID-19…Allows to love your pet or not


It is certainly true that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is primarily transmitted from person to person; it can also be transmitted from humans to animals. The risk of animals transferring the COVID-19 virus to humans is considered low based on the scant information available. Animals don't appear to play a substantial role in the dissemination of the COVID-19 virus. There is no proof that viruses can transfer from a pet's skin, fur, or hair to humans or other animals. A few pets, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This typically happened after the animals came into touch with people who had been afflicted with the COVID-19 virus.

To begin with, coronaviruses are a family of viruses, and COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. Some produce cold-like illnesses in humans, while others infect animals like bats. Furthermore, certain coronaviruses only infect mammals. While the exact source of COVID-19 is unknown, the virus is thought to have originated in an animal, transferred to humans, and then propagated between people.

In addition, keep in mind that small children, persons with low immune systems, and those aged 65 and above are more susceptible to other diseases carried by animals. Allow your dog or cat to socialize with people or animals outside your home to protect them against the COVID-19 virus.

Firstly, avoid dog parks and public venues where there are a lot of people and dogs. When walking your dog, always keep him on a leash and keep him at least 2 metres away from other people and animals. When at all feasible, keep cats indoors.

Secondly, if you get COVID-19 and have a pet, you should isolate yourself from everyone else, including your pet. If at all feasible, enlist the help of another family member to look after your pet. Avoid caressing, hugging, kissing, or licking your pet, as well as sharing meals or beds. Wear a cloth face covering if you care for your pet or are around animals when you're unwell. Before and after handling animals, their food, waste, and supplies, wash your hands.

Thirdly, if your pet tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, take the same measures you would if a family member was afflicted. As much as possible, keep your pet in a different room from the rest of your family and keep him or her at home. When working with your pet's food, dishes, trash, or bedding, use gloves. Don't put a face mask on your pet, and don't use disinfectants on your pet because they can be dangerous. After touching any of your pet's belongings, wash your hands. Call your veterinarian if your pet develops new symptoms or appears to be getting worse.

Meanwhile, during home isolation, it's critical to keep note of your pet's symptoms. Call your veterinarian if you think your pet is developing new symptoms or is becoming worse. Pets sick with the virus that causes COVID-19 may have:

·                     Fever

·                     Coughing

·                     Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

·                     Sneezing

·                     Diarrhea

·                     Runny nose

·                     Eye discharge

·                     Vomiting

Moreover, you have to follow your veterinarian's advice on how to care for your pet. You may be asked to keep a written record of your pet's symptoms by your veterinarian. If your pet develops new symptoms or appears to be growing worse, such as difficulty breathing, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your veterinarian may be able to provide you with advice over the phone, or they may suggest you to bring your pet to their clinic or to another facility that can provide better treatment for your pet.

In addition protect yourself while caring your pet when handling the pet's dishes, toys, or bedding, as well as picking up poop, wear gloves. Remove gloves and place garbage or litter box debris in a zipped bag before discarding in a receptacle lined with trash bags. After cleaning up after your pet, always wash your hands with soap and water.

To sum up, most importantly Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health. Concerns about COVID-19 transmission between people and their pets were raised during the pandemic's early stages. Despite the fact that this form of transmission was found to be of low severity, research is still needed to establish the process and effects of disease transmission when it does occur.

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