Can cats and dogs at home transmit new coronavirus?

Many people are worried about the epidemic caused by New Coronavirus.

Since the outbreak, pet lovers have also had a heated discussion. The main contradiction lies in two aspects: one is whether cats and dogs will be infected with new pneumonia, and the other is whether stray cats and dogs and free range cats and dogs in cities should be cleaned up.

The outbreak may have originated in bats, which makes some people wary of some animals – birds and turtles on the market Do you need to deal with it?

Can cats and dogs at home transmit new coronavirus?

What about the cat and dog at home?

Good management. Good management means that do not keep pets, do not let pets and other possible virus carriers contact, do not let pets and stray animals play and contact, contact with pets.

Good management is not to let you abandon your pets, which is immoral. On the other hand, it increases the number of stray animals, but increases the risk of various diseases.

Pets that stay at home all the time and have not been exposed to the epidemic will not be infected with the new coronavirus. They do not need to be abandoned, let alone slaughtered. The relevant departments should not force the killing of such pets.

It’s easier to keep a cat isolated from the outside world. If it is normal immunity and does not raise, do not feed cats, there is no problem.

Dogs need more exercise. They must walk regularly and keep in touch with the outside world. However, if the dogs raised in the family follow the normal immunity, go out with a rope and a muzzle, take strict care of them, do not have close contact with other animals (especially wild animals and stray animals), do not pick up unknown food, and go home to disinfect them in time, the problem is not big. Of course, whether we can do this depends on the sense of responsibility of the host.

Who also believes that there is no evidence that domestic cats and dogs will be infected with the new coronavirus.

Although cats and dogs can also carry coronavirus, it is a different branch from the coronavirus that caused the epidemic. The coronavirus carried by cats and dogs is common and stable for a long time.

All in all, a well managed pet is safe. Pets with poor management, even if they do not infect the new coronavirus, may also infect other zoonoses.

Some people also asked, if I may be sick, do I need to avoid touching pets?

There is no evidence that humans can transmit the new coronavirus to pets. However, if you want special insurance, you can: ① don’t let the pet get close to the sick person; ② if the patient and the pet have been in contact, you can isolate the pet like an isolated person, and keep it in a separate isolated area. The person in charge of feeding and cleaning should do a good job of protection, such as wearing masks, hand covers and washing hands frequently. Until everyone in the family recovers.

Academician Li Lanjuan also said in an interview with CCTV that pets should be well immunized on weekdays and strengthen management during the epidemic period of infectious diseases. If a pet is likely to be exposed to an epidemic – for example, running around outside, or touching someone infected with the virus – then it needs to be monitored.

What about the stray cats and dogs outside?

Although there is no evidence that cats and dogs will be infected with the new coronavirus, there is no evidence that cats and dogs “will not” be infected with the new coronavirus.

At present, there is no definite evidence or theoretical basis to prove that the coronavirus causing the new pneumonia will not use cats and dogs as intermediate hosts. Coronavirus can infect mammals, such as camels, cats, cattle, bats and so on. In 2003, a study found that cats could be infected with SARS virus and spread it to other cats in the same cage.

Unlike domestic pets, which have immunity and controllable contact range, the outside homeless animals have no immunity and uncontrollable contact range, so the risk is relatively high.

From the perspective of epidemic prevention, we should avoid contacting stray animals at this stage, whether they are dead or alive.

There is also a question of whether there is a need to clean up stray animals in epidemic areas.

Cleaning up stray animals may hurt many pet lovers. However, since it is impossible to rule out the possibility that the new coronavirus takes cats and dogs as the intermediate host, the epidemic area can consider cleaning up mice and raising stray and free range cats and dogs.

Why not clean up the wild animals? First of all, stray and free range cats and dogs have more contact with humans than wild animals. Secondly, the world belongs not only to human beings and their livestock, but also to the “aborigines” such as wild animals and plants. The healthy ecosystem composed of wild animals and plants is also very important for the long-term development of human beings. And the most important point is that the virus causing the epidemic is not transmitted by wild animals actively contacting with humans, but by humans poaching, slaughtering and eating them!

Stray cats and dogs are not part of the health of the wild ecosystem. They appear near human settlements because some irresponsible breeders have abandoned them.

Even in normal times, we should control the population of stray animals for the purpose of improving the overall animal welfare. The overall animal welfare here includes not only the animal welfare of stray animals, but also the animal welfare of wild animals killed by stray cats and dogs.

If we do not control the population of stray animals, but just let a group of people abandon them irresponsibly and feed them irresponsibly, we will only produce more stray animals and cause greater damage to the surrounding fragile ecosystem.

The best way to save stray animals is to find adoption and control their population. The blind overflow of love only pushes the already miserable stray animals and the surrounding wild animals to a more miserable situation.

No matter because of the epidemic or other reasons, when the society and the government decide to intervene in the cleaning up of stray animals, it is not the executors who actually kill them, but the people who abandon them, cultivate them, and do not have reason to seem to maintain them, but actually trap them.



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