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COVID-19 prevalent in pet cats and dogs: Study

Research has surfaced that coronavirus can contract among cats and dogs as six cats and seven dogs were tested positive for viral antibodies, while 54 animals tested positive for PCR results.

According to a study, covid is prevalent in companion cats and dogs whose owners have the disease. Swabs were collected from 310 pets in 196 homes where the presence of human infection had been discovered.

“If you have Covid, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people,” Dr. Els Broens, from Utrecht University, said. “The main concern is not the animals’ health but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population.”

According to the study, there has been no evidence of pet-to-owner transmission yet, although it would be impossible to detect while the virus was still readily transmitted between people. The majority of affected dogs are asymptomatic or have minor Covid symptoms.

According to the experts, viral transmission is more likely to go from human to animal rather than the other way around. “We can’t say there is a 0% risk of owners catching Covid from their pets,” Veterinary Microbiological Diagnostic Centre Dr Broens said.”At the moment, the pandemic is still being driven by human-to-human infections, so we just wouldn’t detect it.” Russian veterinarians have begun immunizing certain animals against the illness.



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