Although 3 dogs are known to have tested positive in China for the coronavirus or COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) state that it is highly unlikely that you and your dog will become contaminated. mutually with COVID-19. Dogs that tested positive in China were thought to have been exposed to too high concentrations of viral contaminants to have the detectable level they had.
You may have noticed that there is a strain of “coronavirus” listed on your dog’s vaccination checklist. Fortunately, this is specifically a type of canine coronavirus only. Unfortunately, that strain is not the same as COVID-19. COVID-19 has the potential for other types of animal-human transmission.
Should my dog wear a mask?
No. Applying a mask to your dog can interfere with your dog’s breathing and cause more harm than good.
It is very likely that a dog is not comfortable with the mask and keeps trying to remove it.
And finally, the masks are designed for human faces, human nose and mouth measurements. If every time you examined the line of your dog’s mouth, you will see that it cuts deeply along his cheeks. No human mask could cover that effectively.
There are medical masks made for dogs that wrap around their muzzle. However, it is not recommended for the same reasons. It doesn’t feel comfortable, it can interfere with breathing, and the dog will keep trying to get it out. Most importantly, your dog is unlikely to contract our COVID-19 strain.
How to protect myself and my dog?
I am sure that many of you are doing a great job in these protective practices. Are they the same ones you’ve been hearing everywhere?
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds.
Clean high-traffic, high-touch surfaces frequently
Insulate yourself, it’s okay to be around your dog
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing your hands – these are the easiest areas for germs to get on you and make you sick!
COVID-19 generally has an incubation period of 2 days which is rare, to 5-14 days which is more average, this is the time you get sick before you start having symptoms.
Humans are highly contagious in this incubation phase, even before they show symptoms.
Humans are still contagious when they blow their noses and cough.
Research has also found that humans even shed the virus in their feces.