March 5, 2020:
You may have read a recent report that a dog in Hong Kong tested positive for the same human coronavirus that is causing pandemic concern called COVID-19. The news reports indicate that the dog had nose and mouth testing that resulted in a “weak positive.” Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) is still conducting testing on the dog that tested weak positive, but experts agree at this time that there is “no evidence pets such as cats or dogs can be infected with coronavirus.”
How did a dog test “weak positive?”
This type of virus can live for a short time on surfaces and objects. This means the coronavirus could be present on the surface of a dog, even if the dog hasn’t actually contracted the virus.
Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCOV)?
At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus, according the World Health Organization. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.
At Dogtopia, we take health and safety seriously! In fact, we:
- Clean and disinfect every surface using our Pet Safe Cleaning Program
- Perform Wellness Checks for each dog entering and exiting the playroom
- Require employees to follow CDC recommendations to protect themselves
- Our daycare centers are equipped with UV light in our HVAC units to reduce airborne pathogens such as viruses and bacteria
To learn more about our commitment to safety, please click here.