COVID-19 virus infection routes and Our Canine Companions
The appropriate authorities will no doubt discover new information on effectiveness of Best Practice Prevention and Cleaning Behaviors, and improve our knowledge of the properties of the Covid-19 virus...Saving us all..
Until then we should be prepared to take care of our families and communities.
This research is meant to serve as a reference during these disturbing times.
Best Practices may require re-assessment and adaptations
I hope this proves to be helpful in
Keeping ALL Members of your TEAM safe, and happy, and healthy.
The COVID-19 virus appears to be a human species-specific virus that is transmitted in multiple ways.
Some transmission routes are well known and widely advertised, these include aerosolized droplets from coughs or sneezes (or close proximity talking), physical contact with contaminated surfaces and secondary transfer of the virus resulting in ingestion or absorption through mucous membranes (such as those in your eyes and nose).
Most of us are aware of the precautionary actions that contagious disease experts such as the
CDC (Center for Disease Control) in the US and the WHO (World Health Organization) recommend.
This includes frequent and effective hand washing,
Vigilant personal hygiene habits,
and facility (building) cleaning and disinfection practices.
What does this mean for you and your dog?
Your Dog Cannot Become Sick with Covid-19.
Covid-19 appears to be limited to causing infections in humans.
There are corona viruses that are species specific to dogs (and cats). Canine corona virus is species specific to dogs (and likewise feline corona virus is specific to infecting cats).
These types of corona viruses cannot infect humans.
Multiple studies of the COVID-19 virus since November 2019 identify multiple transmission routes.
Infected individuals shed the virus. Infection testing in hospitalized humans indicates positive oral swabs during early stages of illness and positive anal swabs during later stages of the infection.
Studies done since November 2019 on a dog that lived with an infected individual, who had contracted the disease from the Chinese meat market, produced the following results: The dog had come in contact with Covid-19 viral material shed by the infected human he lived with. Initially, the dog presented with positive nasal and oral swabs. Just as in humans the dog later shed Covid-19 viral RNA in its feces.
The dog was not infected, nor did it become ill.
There appears to be an oral-anal route of possible transmission of Covid-19 viral RNA.
What Does Canine Contamination Prevention look like?
Walk In familiar areas, try to walk alone
Avoid close proximity greetings with dogs not living in the same home (& Humans)
Prevent contamination of skin or fur
Walk where vegetation allows you to observe and avoid the feces of other dogs
Avoid dog parks
Be aware of what you touch
Clean Everything- Including Toilets and their surroundings
Wash your dog's paws when returning to your home.
This will reduce the possibility of contacting infected stool and contaminating hands, food, & water.
Use a soapy cloth or small bucket containing gentle soap.
Rinse and dry the dog's paws.
Pets are not allowed inside hospitals
Have a plan in place to care for your pets should an illness or issue occurs.
What Does That Mean For Our Families?
If no one in the home becomes infected with the Covid-19 virus
and owners are careful to immediately remove dog feces and dispose of it properly…
If owners are alert and avoid possible contamination through contact with feces
and potential transmission sources found in the environment while on walks,
and practice strict sanitary practices,
Our canine companions are less likely to become contaminated and act as a vector (an organism which transmits a pathogen).
We can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect our families and our dogs.
If someone in the home suspects they may have been in contact with a person infected with the Covid-19 virus
Increased isolation measures must be used.
Contact your doctor, Hospital, or your Local Municipal, County, or State Health Department For more information or directions on what to do.
If someone becomes ill, Increased isolation measures and Personal Protective Equipment must be used.
Seek medical attention as appropriate.
Be Aware Be Calm, Be Safe, Be Prepared
Please feel free to contact me with any questions