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Covid: First UK case in pet dog confirmed by top vet

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A dog has tested positive for Covid – the first documented case of its kind in the UK – officials have confirmed.

They believe the pet, who is currently recuperating at home, caught it from its owner.

According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), cases like this are extremely rare, and there is no strong evidence that dogs, cats, or other pets are transmitting the virus to humans.

However, animal owners and those who work with animals should wash their hands on a regular basis for good hygiene.

Animal fur can act as a carrier for the Covid-19 virus for short periods of time, in the same way as other surfaces, such as door handles, says the advice.

Do not share food, food bowls or utensils with your pet.

Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, stated, “The infected dog was undergoing treatment for another unrelated condition and is now recovering.” Dogs are very rarely infected, and when they are, they usually only show mild clinical signs and recover within a few days.

“There is no conclusive evidence that pets directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update our advice to pet owners if the situation changes.”

Covid and animals

Some coronaviruses that infect animals can be transmitted to humans and then transmitted between humans, but this is extremely rare.

It has been proposed that the Covid-19 virus originated in bats.

Other animals have been infected with Sars-CoV-2, according to reports.

Denmark killed millions of mink in November 2020 amid concerns about a mutated form of coronavirus detected in this species.

A few cases of Covid in pet cats, dogs and ferrets have been recorded around the world too.

And four lions, along with two keepers, tested positive at Barcelona Zoo.

The list of animals which have been infected includes:

  • big cats in captivity
  • domestic cats
  • dogs
  • ferrets
  • fruit bats
  • mink
  • non-human primates
  • pangolins
  • pigs
  • raccoon dogs
  • rodents
  • white-tailed deer

There have been documented cases of humans catching Covid from mink and ferrets, according to the UKHSA.

If you are concerned about your pet’s respiratory or digestive problems, as well as a fever, you should contact your veterinarian, who will determine whether a Covid test is required.

Also, if you are isolating yourself due to Covid, do not kiss or cuddle your pet or allow them to sleep in your bed.

However, consider arranging for someone who is not self-isolating to care for your animals. If no one is available to assist you and you require assistance, you should contact your veterinarian.

Covid is spread from person to person via small droplets, aerosols, and direct contact. Surfaces and belongings can also become contaminated when infected people cough, sneeze, or touch them.

SourceBBC
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