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.



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.

Dog Health: While the coronavirus is not transmissible to dogs, that does not mean that nothing can happen to them. Cuts, dog bites, colds, stomach twists ... This kind of thing happens without warning, and vet fees can quickly reach several hundred euros. And then comes the question of whether or not you have the means to have your dog treated or not. This question should never arise. To avoid wasting time-saving your dog, consider purchasing health insurance for your dog. Thus, in the event of injuries or sudden illness, the question of funding veterinary care will no longer arise. Your dog will finally be able to benefit from all the care, examinations, or operations that he could need, without breaking the bank.


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 ...


For Sophie Le Porter, dogs and cats have their own Coronavirus. However, these 2 forms of coronavirus cannot infect humans. The virus can pass from a dog to a cat or vice versa, but not serious and without any clinical consequences. Regardless, the Coronavirus in dogs or cats has nothing to do with the Coronavirus that affects humans today. Again, no need to worry! 

                           CAN I WALK MY DOG WHILE IN CONTAINMENT? 

As during the first confinement, you can take your dog out but only within a radius of 1km around your house, and no more than 1 hour per day. To know all the information and know where, when, and how to walk your dog during confinement, I invite you to read our article on this subject.

Covid-19 is more present than ever. At the end of 2020, we are currently affected by a new wave of contamination of the virus, even more, serious than the first. However, you should always continue to walk your dog. So, when you take your dog out, be sure to follow proper 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.

Musher and Sophie: "Don't forget to equip your dog for the winter! The days are getting shorter and it is starting to get cold. Even if your dog only goes out around the house, that does not prevent him from being able to catch a cold snap. The musher is equipped with her pretty puffer jacket when it's a little cold. When it rains, she wears her colorful K-way, and when it is dark she wears her glowing collar! Remember to equip your dog for walks safely !"

To help you pass the time while in confinement with your dog here are 10 ideas for keeping your dog busy while staying confined to your home. You will see, you will have fun!