There is only one dog that has been detected with the virus, and that dog does not currently have symptoms associated with COVID-19. This suggests that the viral load on this dog is likely to be super low. Furthermore, viral load and infectivity are closely related. Will there be any risk of dog-to-human or dog-to-dog transmission? Regarding the question of dog-to-human transmission, a virologist told us that although viral nucleic acids can be found in the oral and nasal cavities of the dog, it is not certain whether it is infectious. Since the dog is not currently ill, it suggests that the virus is not able to replicate in large quantities in the dog's body to trigger the disease. And from what we can see now, though COVID-19 spreads so widely, none of the pet dogs has been found to show clinical signs or even death. Therefore, the possibility of dog-to-dog or dog-to-human transmission is quite small and still requires evidence to support it.

According to current data, there is no evidence that dogs can transmit COVID-19, so you don't need to worry too much about it. However, even if pets do not transmit COVID-19, we still need to guard against rabies and other common bacterial infections. If you are bitten by a suspected cat or dog, remember to go to the canine injury clinic or rabies exposure clinic in local areas for standardized wound treatment. Washing your hands with soap and clean water can also significantly reduce the spread of other common bacteria between pets and humans, such as Escherichia Coli and Salmonella. So how can we protect our pets during the pandemic? And what should we pet owners pay attention to?
First, maintain good hygiene habits. Wash your hands before and after contact with animals or their food and objects, and avoid having too intimate behavior, such as hugging, kissing, licking and other actions. In addition to paying attention to a healthy diet and nutrition and keeping a certain amount of exercise as humans, the same is true for animals.
Second, do a good job of daily cleaning, sterilization and ventilation of the home. Open the windows to ventilate the living room, and regularly clean up feces and sterilize the kennel to keep the household environment clean and sanitary.
Third, at this stage, reduce going out and avoid contacts between dogs and other animals. If you want to go out, please wear a mask, hold a dog leash, and put a muzzle on your pet dog. Note: Don't expose your dog to garbage, feces, sewage and other unclean objects, and don't contact with other people or animals.
Fourth, handle your pet's feces in a timely manner. You are advised to wear gloves when cleaning up feces, and to clean and sterilize your hands promptly after you finish.
Fifth, give your dog a proper cleaning promptly when you get home. You can rinse it with a special shampoo for pet pigs, or scrub the hair and paws with pet disinfectant paper towels, etc., and then wipe off the disinfectant with a clean, wet cloth.
If the owner has fever, cough and other symptoms, please do not touch the pet, and seek medical attention yourself as soon as possible. You can contact other professional institutions to temporary feed your pets. If the owner is diagnosed with COVID-19, then the pet dog at home should also be isolated for observation. Finally, we kindly remind everyone, please be rational, do not therefore abandon cats and dogs, strengthen the control of pets and protect their health.

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