COVID-19 in humans is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which has its origin in China. The Friedrich-Löffler-Institute (FLI), the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health is monitoring the current epidemic situation and has published the latest scientific findings. Currently, researchers suspect that the human coronavirus was originally transmitted to humans by bats, pangolin animals or snakes. Recently, a case was reported where the viruses were also detected in the nose and mouth of a healthy dog in Hong Kong. However, the experts believe that the dog, now in quarantine, caught the virus through close physical contact with its sick owner. According to current findings an actual infection should therefore be discounted. If you are in quarantine yourself, it is advisable to ask a member of your family or a close friend for help with caring for pets, especially where walks are concerned. No specific quarantine measures for dogs of sick people have been announced.
So although there is no evidence that dogs can be infected with COVID-19, according to the Friedrich-Löffler-Institute, other corona viruses still play a major role in your dog's health. Read more on the zooplus UK Magazine HERE.