The fear of the coronavirus grows. This new infection, can it affect your pet?
The World Health Organization (WHO), for the moment, rules out the possibility that pets can transmit the coronavirus to humans.
In any case, it is recommended to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets, as this can protect us from bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella.
The WHO pointed out that there are several strains of the coronavirus that circulate among animals, without having infected humans, for example, dogs can suffer from the “canine coronavirus” and can cause infections in any dog, but puppies are the most susceptible population because both his immune system and his digestive system are still immature.
Canine coronavirus causes an acute, self-limited infection that does not become chronic. The virus is eliminated through feces, the route of infection being fecal-oral contact and it only affects the animal, not people.
Some of the symptoms in pets are vomiting, diarrhea (which can turn into bloody stools), fever, abdominal pain, weakness and lack of appetite.
In humans, the most generalized symptoms of this disease that this infection presents are those of pneumonia: respiratory problems, fever, cough and dizziness. In the most severe cases, the infection can cause in addition to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
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