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Cats more at risk of COVID-19 infection than dogs: Study – Know what CDC suggests to keep your pets safe – Times Now

Jul 5th, 2021

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New Delhi:Getting a pet is a responsibility that not everyone is capable of handling. Itis always advised to refrain from getting pets if one is not willing to treat them with respect, care, and protection. As much as it's necessary to make ourselves aware of the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the human body, it is also equally essential to know its impact on animals. A recent study at Utrecht University, Netherlands which was presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), showed animals' susceptibility to catching the COVID-19 virus.

The study was led by Dr Els Broens and about 156 cats and 154 dogs from 196 households, where the owners had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the past 2 to 200 days, participated in the study. For the results, blood tests (for testing antibodies in case of past infection) and PCR tests (for testing current infection) was carried out. According to the results of the study, 31 cats and 23 dogs tested positive for antibodies and six cats and seven dogs tested positive for PCR tests. This makes up for 17.4 per cent and 4.2 per cent respectively.

Dr Els Broens, the lead author of the study at Utrecht University said, If you have Covid-19, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would do with other people. The main concern, however, is not the animals health they had no or mild symptoms of Covid-19 but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir of the virus and reintroduce it into the human population.

Fortunately, to date, no pet-to-human transmission has been reported. So, despite the rather high prevalence among pets from Covid-19 positive households in this study, it seems unlikely that pets play a role in the pandemic., she added.

Dorothee Bienzle, a professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Guelph in Canada said, If someone has Covid-19 there is a surprisingly high chance they will pass it on to their pet. Cats, especially those that sleep on their owners bed, seem to be particularly vulnerable. So, if you have Covid-19, Id advise that you keep your distance from your pet and keep it out of your bedroom.

Here are some guidelines offered by CDC that pet owners must keep in mind amidst the COVID-19 crisis:

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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