Mythbusting Coronavirus in Dogs and Cats
By John Morgan | Dated March 6, 2020
As we are sure everyone is aware there is ongoing press about the Coronavirus outbreak currently affecting many parts of the globe. At Gordon Vet Hospital we take infection control very seriously and thought we would take the chance to debunk a few myths about coronavirus in dogs and cats!
Can my pet get coronavirus?
Yes – there are species specific coronaviruses that affect dogs and cats. These are NOT the current strain 2019-nCoV which is spreading in people. There has not been any confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV transferring to companion animals. The strains that affect cats and dogs generally cause mild gastrointestinal signs but can very rarely cause a much more serious condition called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in cats. Infection can be asymptomatic (not causing any signs of disease) and some animals can remain in a “carrier state” which means they transfer it to other dogs and cats, not humans.
Can my pet give me coronavirus?
No – there have not been identified transmissions of coronavirus from a pet to a human. While pets can technically act as a transmitter of 2019-nCoV only by transferring viral “particles”, they cannot become infected with the human strain and spread it significantly.
Should I stock up on pet food or supplies?
No – as of 6th March 2020 there have been no disruption to our supply chain and, as far as we know, no cause for stocking up on food or medication for your pets. If, however, you need to self quarantine we can help you arrange larger orders. Please call (02) 94983000 and we will do our best to help.