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Animals : Are They Just As Vulnerable ?

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What does your pet mean to you? Leave a comment in the comment section and let us know. We at Outcast Media would love to hear about your pets.

Coming from avid pet owners we greatly appreciate the love of animals so let us know what pets you have.

Were/are you taking precautions at home due to Covid-19 and protecting your loving pets?

I have sourced and compiled some facts & tips to keep you and your animals safe.

First of all

Overview

  • Covid-19 is caused by a strain of coronavirus called ‘SARS-CoV-2’.
  • Worldwide, there have been over 16 million humans infected with Covid-19, but only around 15 pets. Most of those pets showed no signs of illness at all, and those that did, only developed very mild symptoms.
  • Pet owners shouldn’t be concerned; it’s extremely rare for pets to contract Covid-19 , and if they do, they’re unlikely to become unwell. Baring in mind they still can CATCH & TRANSMIT COVIC-19 according to some.
  • Current advice from the World Health Organisation, and the British Veterinary Association is that there’s no evidence to show that pets can pass Covid-19 to their owners, the main way the virus spreads is human-to-human transmission.
  • However, it’s important to be aware that just like any other surface, the Covid-19 virus can be carried on fur. Therefore, at the moment, pet owners should maintain particularly good hygiene and keep their pets at a safe distance away from other people and pets.
  • If you have symptoms of Covid-19, as a precaution, we advise you to avoid contact with your pets as much as possible (just as you would with other people in your home).

What is a coronavirus?

The coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some types of coronavirus cause illness in humans (such as the common cold and SARS), some cause illness in animals (such as Kennel cought in dogs and ‘FIP’ in cats), and some can affect both. Covid-19 is an illness caused by a new type of coronavirus called ‘SARS-CoV-2’.

Symptoms of Covid-19 in pets

To date, most of the small number of pets that have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus showed no symptoms at all. The tiny number that did were cats, and they only developed very mild symptoms such as coughing, or breathing slightly faster than usual. There have been no animal deaths caused by Covid-19.

If your pet has started coughing, sneezing or have other signs that are worrying you, it’s extremely unlikely to be Covid-19 related, but as usual, it’s important to have them checked by a vet if you think they might be unwell.

Symptoms of Covid-19 in pets

To date, most of the small number of pets that have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus showed no symptoms at all. The tiny number that did were cats, and they only developed very mild symptoms such as coughing, or breathing slightly faster than usual. There have been no animal deaths caused by Covid-19.

If your pet has started coughing, sneezing or have other signs that are worrying you, it’s extremely unlikely to be Covid-19 related, but as usual, it’s important to have them checked by a vet if you think they might be unwell.

Can our pets carry Covid-19 on their fur?

Yes, theoretically, just like any other surface, the Covid-19 virus can be carried on fur (if they are exposed to it). This is why it’s important to:

  • Keep yourself and your pet a safe distance from other people and their pets
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Take extra precautions if you are shielding or possible signs of Covid-19
    • i.e. consider keeping pet cats indoors if possible (unless they become noticeably stressed of visually unhappy or restricted).

Can I touching and pet my pet as normal?

Please note this is not enforced! Government guidelines only . We are aware you will show your animal love and hugs regardless.

But If you are healthy (not suffering from Covid-19), it’s fine to interact with your pet as usual, just wash your hands regularly and avoid kissing them/ allowing them to lick you.

If you have Covid-19, you should avoid contact with your pet, just as you would with other people in your home.

Vet care during the extended lockdown’s

At the moment, your veterinary practice will be doing everything possible to provide necessary treatment to the pets in their care, but are likely to be offering an altered service due to reduced staffing and social distancing guidelines. As usual, if you’re concerned about your pet, or they become unwell, it’s important to contact your vet to get them help. If possible, always try to contact your vet before going to the practice and use phone or video consultations where possible. Please remember that your vet will be working very hard under incredibly difficult circumstances, and may not be able to offer their normal service.

Neutering and vaccinations

At the moment, routine procedures such as neutering and vaccination, may not be possible as vets will need to prioritise pets in needing emergency or urgent care. For more information about this, and for tips on how to keep your pet safe at this time, please follow the links below:

Please NOTE as the author of this post, I do not agree with neutering by choice . If the animal is in danger or due to any and all health risks then if neutering is needed, then I agree. Vaccinations in my opinion are somewhat of a geographical agreement, to fight all types of viruses’ and bacteria specific to the situation of the pets environment.

Is there a Covid-19 vaccination for pets?

No, as of August 18th 2020 there is no vaccine available for Covid-19. There is a vaccine that is occasionally used to protect puppies from the strain of coronaviruses that cause diarrhoea, but this vaccine doesn’t provide any protection against other strains of coronavirus. It’s unlikely that a vaccine will be necessary, as currently animals are vastly unaffected by Covid-19.

Coronavirus testing in pets

Although Covid-19 pet tests do exist, routine testing is not currently being recommended because the virus has affected so FEW pets, and they aren’t playing a significant role in spreading it. In addition to this, the tests aren’t widely available at the moment because they are being prioritised for use during scientific studies, or where an animal is at very high risk (e.g. endangered species). However, if you are worried about your pet, or they are showing signs of illness, contact your vet for help IMMEDIATLY if you don’t then perhaps that pet is a gift undeserved.

Updates

  • Pet owners should keep themselves updated on the development of this disease. All update are always available on our news page at Outcast.media
  • We at Outcast.Media will endeavour to keep this page up-to-date as more is discovered regarding the Covid-19 virus.

All information and facts are correct at the time & date of this data provided 19:48 GMT: 18/08/2020

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