As of 3/3/2020, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has put out an alert regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that is going around in people. The AVMA is actively engaged and is examining the potential impacts on veterinary medicine.
They are continually updating veterinarians on their findings. The AVMA is in constant contact with the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the FDA, and other agencies.
How does it relate to our pets?
At this time, only one dog in Hong Kong, China (2/27/20) was diagnosed as “weak positive” for Coronavirus. This dog’s owner was tested positive for Coronavirus. The dog has not shown any symptoms of disease, and although the dog was tested again as a “weak positive”, it is unknown what this means at this time.
AT THIS TIME – THE CDC AND WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAY THAT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT COMPANION ANIMALS CAN SPREAD CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).
However, as with any disease, it is always recommended that humans wash their hands after handling any animals. According to the CDC, people who are sick with the COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like they should restrict contact with other people. When possible, another member of the household who is not ill should care for any animals in the household.
Those who are sick should avoid petting, snuggling, kissing, or being licked, or sharing food and should wash their hands before and after
interacting with the animals.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after using the restroom, before eating, after coughing or blowing your nose, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with 60-65% alcohol.\
- Avoid hand shaking.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, then throw the tissue away.
- Coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of influenza (fever, cough, shortness of breath). The current outbreak is occurring during a time of year that other respiratory illnesses, such as colds or the flu, are highly prevalent. Consider getting the flu vaccine for any persons at risk.
- IF YOU ARE SICK – STAY AT HOME!!! The CDC recommends you remain at home until at least 24 hours after you are free of fever (100f) or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.
THERE IS CURRENTLY NO VACCINE TO PREVENT THE CORONAVIRUS!
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Please follow strict hand-washing and other hygiene protocols!
As always, if you have questions or concerns about your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact Compassionate Animal Care online or by phone at 480.774.6995.