While pet owners have been assured coronavirus cannot be transmitted to humans by animals, Dr Anne Fawcett from the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science has urged people to keep preventive hygiene standards just as they would with other humans. The University of Adelaide is carrying out two research projects to find out whether animals can contract the coronavirus after several dogs and cats outside of Australia tested positive for the disease.
The vet has urge pet owners to have a “common sense approach” during the pandemic when it comes to their pets.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Dr Fawcett said: “You should wash your hands before and after touching any animal,
“We’re not asking pet owners to do anything different, except to be vigilant.
“My advice is to use common sense and remain calm.
“We need to remember that there are very few reports of the virus involving animals.”
Dr Fawcett said it is safe to take a dog out for a walk as long, but in case of petting someone else’s dog the hands should be washed immediately before and after.
She said: “Yes, it’s still safe to take the dog for a walk but social distancing should be maintained,
“We’ve all been told to isolate in a family bubble.
“My advice would be to consider your pets as part of that family bubble.”
Approaching the face to the pet or kissing has also been advised against.
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‘My advice is to ring your vet ahead of time and wait outside while your pet is being examined by the vet,’ she said.
Since the start of the pandemic there have been four known cases within the animal world, two cats and two dogs.
“The small number of animals that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 are not involved in the spread of infection in humans,” Professor Jacqui Norris from University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science told the Herald Sun.