Can your pets get Coronavirus? Here are the facts.

It's a scary time and you want to keep your family safe - all members of your family. Here is everything you need to know about Coronavirus and your pets.

People everywhere are taking measures to avoid Coronavirus infection. You may be stocking up on essential items, or even just regularly washing your hands and practising social distancing.

And it might not have crossed your mind until recently that pets could also possibly be at risk. Or are your furry friends a risk to you?

Is your pup at risk of contracting coronavirus?

In the past, pooches and cats have fallen ill with coronaviruses, including CCV and FIP, but these viruses are not contagious to humans and are not the same as the illness currently sweeping the globe.

According to Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, a Pomeranian tested a "weak positive" for the COVID-19 virus.

World-wide medical experts agreed that, as the dog's owner was also infected with the virus, it was most likely a case of human-to-animal infection and not the other way around. 

That being said, the little dog was not unwell with virus, but it just had enough of the virus' genetic material in its nasal passage to test positive - due to breathing the same air as its owner. 

"There is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they can become sick," stated the World Organization for Animal Health.

But to be safe, OIE recommends that people avoiding kissing their pets on the mouth.

Additionally, if you would like to be extremely cautious, after walking your dog, you can you wipe down their paws, just as you would wash your hands, to avoid possibly spreading germs. 

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