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Coronavirus and pets: myths debunked

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In some parts of the world the C-19 pandemic is easing but in others it is just getting started. If you own a pet, read on to learn how best to keep them safe and sound.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 22/06/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

When it comes to C-19 and pets there is much false news out there. In collaboration with CyberPet we’ve put together a few pointers that may dispel some of the rumours, and bolster what you know already.

Can pets catch C-19?

There is no worthwhile evidence to support the theory that pets can contract C-19. Animals wild and domesticated can suffer with a coronavirus, but not the novel strain we are dealing with at the moment.

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Conversely it is unlikely that humans can catch coronavirus from pets. However, C-19 potentially can be delivered on the fur of a dog that has been pet by someone with C-19. That is why our governments tell us to always keep dogs on leads and to avoid contact with other people.

If you fall ill with the human coronavirus you should also quarantine your pet for the reasons specified above.

How do I keep my pet happy at home?

Self-isolation and the lockdown have been tough for us all, and that includes pets that enjoy outdoor activities. If you have decided to keep your dog or cat indoors you should try to find new ways to entertain them.

Stay safe, and take a moment to read CyberPet’s infographic: