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Feeling Paw-ly? First dog to test positive for COVID-19 being treated

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The poorly pooch was found to have contracted COVID

The second official case of a pet contracting COVID-19 from it’s infected owners has now been recorded. The first being a domestic cat last year. It’s raised concerns about whether pets could now be vectors, transferring the virus between homes, owners and the public.

IMAGE : Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Vet (Image by GOV.UK)

The UK’s Chief Vet, Christine Middlemiss, has told Edge Radio “The infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on 3 November. The dog is now recovering at home.”

Asked about the possibility of catch the virus from pets, she went on to say “It is very rare for dogs to be infected and they will usually only show mild clinical signs and recover within a few days. There is no clear evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans.”

The advice from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is for people to wash their hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.

 

Written by: George Icke - Reporter

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