Pets do not play a role in the spread of Covid-19

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By John Isaac

PETS like cats and dogs cannot spread the Covid-19 virus to humans, said the Veterinary Services Department.

In view of this, the department said pet owners did not have to take their pets for Covid-19 tests.

“Based on scientific evidence, though pets can be infected with the virus, it is not dangerous as it only causes a very minor infection on animals.

“The virus on animals is too weak to be spread to humans,” it said in a statement today.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there is no evidence that dogs play a role in the spread of this human disease or that they become sick.

Further studies are underway to understand if and how different animals could be affected by the Covid-19 virus.

“Though the Covid-19 infections on humans are high, cases of pets being infected are rare.

“To date any such infection on animals is from humans,” said the department.

The department advised any pet owners who suspected their pets were infected with Covid-19 to isolate the animal and avoid any contact.

“Pet owners must adhere to strict hygiene practices and ensure the needs of their pets are also not ignored,” it added.