Covid: Top veterinarian confirms first case of pet dog in the UK-BBC News

2021-11-12 09:30:50 By : Ms. Sabrina Lin

Officials have confirmed that a dog has tested positive for Covid-this is the first recorded case of this type in the UK.

They believe that this pet, which is recovering at home, was caught from the owner.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) stated that such cases are extremely rare and there is no strong evidence that dogs, cats or other pets can transmit the virus to humans.

Owners and people who deal with animals should wash their hands frequently, but they should maintain good hygiene.

It is suggested that animal fur can be used as a carrier of the Covid-19 virus in a short period of time, just like doorknobs and other surfaces.

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

British Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemis said: "The infected dog is being treated for another unrelated disease and is now recovering.

"It is very rare for dogs to be infected. They usually show only mild clinical symptoms and recover within a few days.

"There is no clear evidence that pets can directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to pay close attention to this situation and update our guidance to pet owners when the situation changes."

Some coronaviruses that infect animals can spread to people and then from person to person, but this is also very rare.

It has been suggested that the Covid-19 virus may have originated in bats.

There are reports that other animals have been infected with Sars-CoV-2.

Denmark killed millions of minks in November 2020 because of concerns that a mutated coronavirus was found in the species.

Some cases of Covid infection in pet cats, dogs and ferrets have also been recorded around the world.

Four lions and two keepers tested positive at the Barcelona Zoo.

The list of infected animals includes:

According to UKHSA, cases of human infection of Covid from minks and ferrets have been recorded.

If you are worried about your pet because it has breathing or digestion problems and body temperature, you should contact your veterinarian and they will decide whether a Covid test is needed.

If you are self-isolating due to the new coronavirus, please do not kiss or hug your pets, and do not let them sleep in your bed.

But please consider arranging other people who are not self-isolating to take care of your animals. If no one can help but you need help, you should contact your veterinarian.

Covid spreads from person to person through small droplets, aerosols, and direct contact. When an infected person coughs or sneezes or touches them, surfaces and objects may also be contaminated.

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