WHO experts: Cats, dogs aren't a coronavirus risk!


Published: 2020-03-24 13:51

Last Updated: 2023-11-27 15:58

WHO experts: Cats, dogs aren't a coronavirus risk!
WHO experts: Cats, dogs aren't a coronavirus risk!

Can companion animals carry coronavirus?

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have proven that cats and dogs are not a coronavirus risk!

According to WHO, "there is no evidence that companion animals … such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19".

If an infected person pets a dog or cat and leaves the coronavirus in the animal’s fur, that’s no different than if it’s left on a doorknob, a handrail, another human hand, or any other surface that an infected person has touched, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reported.

PETA has published tips on keeping companion and community animals safe:

- Never put any face masks on animals, as they can cause breathing difficulties.

- If you aren’t shaking someone’s hand, that person shouldn’t be petting your dog or cat, either.

- Do not restrict the movement or activities of companion and community animals or do anything else that would compromise their overall welfare.

- Best practices include making sure companion and community animals in your area are up to date on vaccinations, they receive annual veterinary check-ups, and preventive measures are taken to protect them from heartworm, fleas, and ticks.

- People who are sick or under medical attention for COVID-19 should avoid close contact with animals and should have another member of their household care for animals so as not to get the virus on their fur.

"During this time of crisis caused by the coronavirus, it is important that everyone makes efforts to protect all companion animals from any potential abuse resulting from the spread of myths," PETA posted.

"Our dogs and cats rely on us to take care of them all year round, especially during a crisis," says Jason Baker, vice president of PETA International Campaigns.

"PETA calls on everyone to make sure their animals still get healthy food, lots of movement, and also lots of love."

Also read: Municipalities directed to contact pet owners to keep their pets inside