If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you have probably seen the Coronavirus all over the news. Some people have been worried that their dog could contract the disease so we wanted to break down some facts for you.
First off, there is nothing to worry about. In this post we are going to answer the questions “Can my dog get Coronavirus?” and “Can I give my dog Coronavirus?”
It turns out that the ‘Coronavirus’ is applicable to a variety of viruses that fall under the same family. Each of these viruses have a ‘crown-like’ appearance called a Coronaviride when viewed under an electron microscope.
The current strain was first noted back in December 2019 and is referred to as 2019-CoV. Other strains in the same virus family include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, both of which started a panic worldwide when they started to spread.
The 2019-CoV is believed to have started in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, China, through the consumption of snakes and other animals which were infected with the virus.
Today, there are over 28,000 confirmed cases in China.
However, in the USA there are only 11 cases of infection, and all of these appear to have been a result of recent visits to Wuhan, China.
While the current strain is most likely linked to animals that were sold in a wet market, this is still under investigation by the CDC.
The Canine Coronavirus Disease is a strain that is not being discussed in the news.
The virus has a similar crown-like shape as the Coronavirus that humans can get, but many of the cases that dogs contract come from them eating the feces of another dog or animal that carries the virus.
Side note, there are many reasons why your dog shouldn’t eat their own feces of that of another animal’s.
Te Coronavirus found in dogs doesn’t necessarily show any signs of symptoms, bt it can occassionally present itself in the form of diarrhea, tiredness, and minimal appetite.
If you dog’s stool contains blood or mucus and your dog is also soffering from the Parvovirus, then it can become a much more severe problem.
The best thing you can do is check with your vet if you dog experiences any of these symptoms mentioned.
*It should be noted that there have been no reported cases of the 2019-CoV in dogs.
You can find more information about preventing the spread of Coronavirus at CDC.gov.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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