Dogs and Coronavirus: Can Dogs Get Sick from COVID-19?

Dogs and Coronavirus: Can Dogs Get Sick from COVID-19?

With COVID-19 not going away anytime soon, many dog owners are wondering about the relationship between dogs and Coronavirus. 

Can our four-legged friends catch this virus? Sadly, the answer is yes—but it isn’t a significant threat to them compared to humans. Luckily, cases of COVID-19 in dogs are far and few between, but that doesn’t mean we should let our guards down. The more knowledge we’re equipped with, the sooner we can overcome this pandemic and start going outside more with our dogs. 

In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing the effects of COVID-19 in dogs and what you can do to keep them healthy. 

 

Dogs and Coronavirus: Can Dogs Get Sick from COVID-19?

Quick COVID-19 Facts and How It Impacts Your Dog

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here’s what we know so far about how this virus can affect your pup: 

  • A small percentage of dogs and cats have been found to have COVID-19 after close contact with humans who contracted the virus. 
  • Although we only have limited information, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to humans is considered low. 
  • In some instances, the virus responsible for COVID-19 can spread from people to animals, but it’s rare. 
  • It’s essential to treat pets as you would other human family members and limit the amount of times they interact with people outside of your home. Of course, it’s important to continue socializing your dog, but use your best judgment. If anyone in your house is sick, it’s best to stay indoor