Although 3 dogs in China tested positive for Coronavirous or COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) claim that you and your dog are very unlikely to cross each other with COVID- 19 [FEMININE. It is believed that dogs that tested positive in China were exposed to very high levels of viral contaminants to reach the detectable level they had.
You may have noticed a strain of “coronavirus” listed on your dog’s vaccine checklist. Fortunately, it is just a canine corona virus. Unfortunately, this strain is not the same as COVID-19. COVID-19 offers the possibility of other types of animal-to-human transmission.
Does my dog have to wear a mask?
No. Putting a mask on your dog can affect your dog’s breathing and cause more harm than good.
There is a possibility that a dog may feel uncomfortable in the mask and continue trying to remove it.
And finally, the tasks are designed for human faces, human nose and mouth measurements. When you’ve all looked at your dog’s mouth line, you can see it cuts deep into his cheek. No human mask could effectively cover this.
There are medical masks for dogs that wrap around their snouts. However, it is not recommended for the same reasons. Uncomfortable, can affect breathing and the dog will continue to try to remove it. Most importantly, your dog is unlikely to catch our COVID-19 strain.
How can I protect myself and my dog?
I am sure that many of you are doing a great job with these protective practices. Are they the same ones you’ve heard everywhere?
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds
Clean frequently-used and touch-sensitive surfaces frequently
Self-isolating, there is nothing wrong with being with your dog
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth before washing your hands. These are the areas where germs are the easiest to infiltrate and make you sick!
COVID-19 usually has an incubation period of 2 days, which is rare, up to 5-14 days, which is more moderate. It is the moment when you are sick before you get symptoms.
People are very contagious in this incubation phase, even before they have symptoms
People stay contagious when they blow their noses and cough.
Research has also shown that people even excrete the virus in their feces.