According to The Time, the link between fear and the coronavirus spreading from animals to humans originated from the study and research of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 and the Middle- East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in 2012
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated both SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV primarily transmit the disease through human contact but are thought to have emerged from animal reservoirs. MERS is said to remain in circulation in camels while SARS was thought to have originated in bats.
Although there are no previous cases relating to pets and the coronavirus precautionary measures are set into place to prevent the further spreading of the disease by ordering the public to keep a safe distance from one another.
The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to practice social distancing. Walking your dog is fine but avoid contact with others. Avoid other dogs as they could possibly be living with someone who has the virus.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.”
This will continue to be an ongoing investigation until further knowledge of the virus is known.
Talk to your doctor or physician over the phone if you have any questions.
Health officials are advising people to call ahead before visiting the vets office. If face-to-face contact can be limited, do so.
Avoid all public places such as parks and beaches. All neuter, spay, groomers, annual exams or wellness checks should be put on hold for the time being.
Animals are known to carry all sorts of potential diseases so it’s best to practice safe hygiene and avoid all contact with other animals and people for the possibility of spreading the virus.