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Dogs and the Coronavirus - Covid-19: Should We Be Worried?

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                   Dogs and the Coronavirus - Covid-19: Should We Be Worried?

The new Coronavirus 2019 or “Covid-19” has been shaking the world since the end of December. The coronavirus epidemic is advancing at high speed and there are already many cases to be deplored.


                                              


If I decide to speak on this topic today, it is to tell you about the case of the first dog to test positive for coronavirus. Are our dogs in danger? Can our dogs infect their peers and humans? How to protect my dog ​​from coronavirus?

Before you panic, let me explain what we know about the canine coronavirus and this first dog that tested positive.

                FEEDBACK ON THE CURRENT SITUATION OF CORONAVIRUS

Tests carried out on a dog in Hong Kong did indeed reveal traces of the virus in its muzzle and in its mouth, but the rectal samples were found to be negative. This dog lived with a sick person, his mistress herself being affected by the virus. According to scientists, the dog would not be infected but would have simply ingested or inhaled postilions (coughing, sneezing ...) containing the virus. We must therefore make the difference between the simple detection of the virus in the nasal cavity and a real infection by COVID-19.

The dog is not currently showing any symptoms but as a precaution, he has been placed in quarantine. This quarantine revealed that the dog did not, in turn, develop the disease.

The Chinese have apparently done a lot of research, and the words of scientists are rather reassuring, even very reassuring. At this time, there is no evidence that transmission of the coronavirus from dog to human and vice versa is possible. Transmission of viruses from humans to dogs or from dogs to humans is extremely rare. For Sophie Le Porter, professor of virology at the National Veterinary School of Alfort: "There may be transmissions of parasites, but with the exception of rabies, we have never identified a virus that is transmitted between man and dog, that's why they are such good pets.

To date, there are still no cases of dog-to-human transmission of the virus.

                                CAN I PROTECT MY DOG FROM CORONAVIRUS?

Some dog owners have taken to protecting their dogs with a mask or a cardboard cup over the muzzle tied with a rubber band. According to a study by Chinese scientists on pets, this type of dog mask is useless.

ESPECIALLY NO detergent, bleach, or hydroalcoholic gel to disinfect your dog! The Order of Veterinarians is warning pet owners of the dangers of using these products on their pets. The fear of contagion leads to dangerous behavior on the part of some teachers. And yes, fear sometimes pushes to do anything ... For several days, we have unfortunately seen passing, on social networks, images of dogs whose paws have been burned by hydroalcoholic gel or even bleach. STOP these are toxic products !!! If you want to clean your animals after returning from a walk, use soap and water. This is effective enough!

Since the dog and human Coronavirus are not the same, there is no need to protect your dog.

                  DOGS CAPABLE OF DETECTING INFECTED PERSONS?

3 months after the start of the tests, the sniffer dogs were very effective in detecting people with Covid-19. Almost 15,000 people have been tested using this method, with an exact result 95% of the time.

The whole point of using dogs is to be able to do extensive testing! Are you skeptical? Did you know that this is not the first time that dogs have been used to diagnose a disease? In France, dogs have been trained to sniff wipes worn overnight by 450 women to diagnose whether or not they have breast cancer. Other diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have already been diagnosed thanks to the scent of dogs.

And yes, our dogs are heroes! And to think that some abandon them ...

                        CAN I WALK MY DOG WHILE IN CONTAINMENT?

Remember, during lockdown the rules were strict and we couldn't go out when we wanted. Now that we are no longer in containment, we no longer have restrictions on our exits, however, that does not mean that the risk of contamination is gone.

Indeed, Covid-19 is still present. In this new school year 2020, we are currently in a new wave of contamination. However, you should always continue to walk your dog. So when you take your dog out, be careful to respect hygiene measures to limit the transmission of the virus. If you meet someone, adopt barrier gestures: 1-meter distance between you, no kisses to say hello, no handshake and all that with your mask on your nose AND your mouth; otherwise, it is useless eh!

When you walk your dog, it is important to think of another barrier gesture, which is not easy for everyone: to prevent anyone from petting your pooch. Indeed, by stroking the dog, a person carrying the virus can leave traces of the virus on the dog's coat, and you risk catching the virus if you in turn pet your dog. So in the same way, as we avoid handshakes, we also avoid petting your dog from strangers.



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