With the global coronavirus pandemic devastating the lives of humans, some have begun to wonder about whether the deadly virus also poses a threat to our animal friends. Sadly, the answer is yes, it certainly does.
Granted, that wasn’t always the story.
The notoriously unreliable, Communist-China-loving World Health Organization initially claimed there’s “no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.”
But that guidance quickly fell by the wayside as reports began to emerge of dogs AND cats being afflicted by the coronavirus.
“The first known dog to test positive for the coronavirus has died in Hong Kong after apparently recovering from the disease, according to a local report,” the New York Post reported on March 17.
“The pooch, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, passed away Monday after being returned home to its owner following a government quarantine and a negative test for the virus.”
Two weeks later, a cat has now tested positive for coronavirus as well.
“A cat in Belgium has tested positive for the coronavirus after catching the potentially deadly bug from an infected owner,” the Post confirmed Friday.
“The sick pet in Liège tested positive after showing classic symptoms of COVID-19 — including difficulty breathing — a week after its owner first fell sick, health officials told a press conference.”
That’s the bad news.
The good news is that pets ALLEGEDLY can’t pass the virus to humans, though apparently humans can pass the virus to them.
“We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state.
“We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.”
The key words here are “do not have evidence,” meaning this claim is still just a theory, so your best bet is to be careful and quarantine your pet if it contracts the virus.
— Miller the Dog (@millerdog4) March 23, 2020
“The only time you should consider quarantining your pet is if it lives in a household where someone has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department,” Bustle notes.
This of course would require a rather unsavory change in routine …
“Urban dog owners under quarantine conditions will have to make adjustments to their dog’s routine, including daily walks and doing their business,” the outlet continued.
“Ettel Edshteyn, a certified trainer at Karen Pryor Academy and owner of Poodles to Pit Bulls Clicker Training in New York City, told the New York Times to prep your dog to do their business indoors how ‘you would normally for a walk’ by grabbing their leash, bags, and treats. You can invest in training pads, but newspapers or fake grass also work for designating a potty area in your home.”
Also, keep supplies in mind.
“If you get sick and are quarantined, you should make sure you have extra pet food on hand,” Dr. Shelley Rankin, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has recommended.
“And you should make your neighbors aware of any feeding, walking, or medications that your pets need in case you can’t make it back home.”
The bad news is that unlike a human vaccine for the coronavirus, which is currently being produced as fast as possible, an animal version is apt to take much longer to develop.
“That’s [not] everybody’s top priority right now,” Rankin recently told Science Magazine. “It should be discussed, however, if we start seeing more cases like the Hong Kong Pomeranian.”
Dovetailing back to the good news, in case you have a hankering for some companionship during the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns and shutdowns, now would be a very opportune time to invest in a pet. ESPECIALLY if you enjoy drinking beer.
Everyone could use a companion for the couch right now. So if you foster (or adopt) a dog from Midwest Animal Rescue, we’ll give you 3 months’ worth of Busch to enjoy by their side. Go to https://t.co/S58CM3Z6OM to learn more.
— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) March 25, 2020
“Busch is hoping to further incentivize potential pet owners to welcome a new pup into their homes during the coronavirus pandemic,” People magazine has confirmed.
“From now until April 22, the beer brand will give a free three-month supply of drinks to those who adopt or foster a dog through Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS).”
“During these uncertain and lonelier times, people need an escape: cue the cute puppy memes and photos,” a spokesperson for the brewer said.
“But as much as we need those cute puppy pics to help get us through social distancing, it’s actually them who need us. Social distancing is better with a furry friend by your side and a cold beer in your hand.”
Who could possibly disagree with that logic!?
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