COVID-19: According to study, pet owners can pass the coronavirus on to their cats and dogs | News from the UK
COVID-19 is common in pets whose owners have had the disease, research suggests.
Scientists in the Netherlands tested 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households for the Coronavirus.
six Cats and seven dogs (4.2%) returned positive PCR tests and 31 cats and 23 dogs (17.4%) tested positive for COVID antibodies.
Researchers said owners who enter into contracts COVID should avoid contact with theirs Pets while infected.
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Dr. Els Broens from Utrecht University in the Netherlands said: “If you COVID-19, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog just as you would with other people.
“The main concern, however, is not animal health – they have had no or mild symptoms of COVID-19 – but the potential risk that pets act as reservoirs for the virus and reintroduce it into the human population.
“Fortunately, no animal-to-human transmission has been reported.
“Despite the relatively high prevalence of pets from COVID-19 positive households in this study, it seems unlikely that pets will play a role in the pandemic.”
Eight cats and dogs that lived in the same houses as the pets that tested positive for the virus were also wiped a second time to check for virus transmission between pets.
None of them tested positive, suggesting the virus was not transmitted between pets that live in close contact with one another.
Dr. Broens-led research was presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) but has not yet been published in a journal.
Separate research, also submitted to ECCMID, suggests that cats sleeping on their owner’s bed may be at particular risk of developing the disease.
Dorothee Bienzle, professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Guelph in Canada, who presented the results, said, “If you have COVID-19, I would advise staying away from your pet – and keeping it out of your bedroom.”
She also suggested keeping animals infected with the coronavirus away from other people and their pets.
Prof. Bienzle said, “While the evidence that pets can transmit the virus to other pets is limited, it cannot be ruled out.
“Even if pets have not been shown to pass the virus back to humans, the possibility cannot be completely ruled out.”
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Commenting on the results, Professor James Wood, director of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said both studies “agree with a growing body of studies suggesting that a significant proportion of domestic cats and dogs may get sars. CoV-2 virus (which causes COVID-19) from its owners ”.
He added, “Cats and dogs can often be infected with the virus, but most reports say that this infection appears to be asymptomatic.
“It also appears that the virus is not normally transmitted from dogs and cats to other animals or their owners.
“These studies need to be distinguished from previous work that has reported that a very small number of individual cats and dogs are not doing well after contracting COVID-19 from their owners.”