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Dogs and the Flu: Most Frequently Asked Questions

In these weird times we’re living in it’s easy to let your mind get overwhelmed with anxiety and worry for your family’s well being, and that includes your pets as well. Here are the most common asked questions regarding Covid-19 and dogs. Hope it helps clear any confusion. Don’t forget to share this article with other dog owners who might benefit from reading it.

 

Can dogs catch Covid-19 coronavirus?

No - there is no evidence that dogs can become sick from Covid-19. The corona virus is being spread from human to human contact. Remember to practice social distancing as much as possible and to wash your hands regularly.

 

Are infected people able to transmit Covid 19 to their dogs?

A pomeranian dog in Hong Kong was tested after their owner was diagnosed with the Covid-19. Hong Kong authorities took swabs inside the dog's nose and mouth which tested “weak positive” for SARS-CoV-2. It is likely that the receptors in the dogs body picked up the virus - by being in close proximity and licking the owners face meaning they came into contact with the infected person fluids i.e. spit, runny nose. The dog was quarantined - further testing revealed that the virus did not enter the cells of the dog’s body and the dog had no clinical symptoms.

 

If I'm sick with Covid-19, can I touch my pet dog?

It is recommended by the CDC Center For Disease Control that if you are sick with Covid-19 that you should self-isolate and avoid contact with your dog, this includes snuggling, kissing, licking and sharing food with your dog. Follow basic hygiene - disinfect all surfaces, frequently wash your hands before and after interacting with your dog, wear a face mask and use disposable gloves. If possible have someone else in the household take care of your dog while you recover.

 

Can my dog catch my flu?

Yes dogs can catch certain strains of the flu from humans.

What easy things can I do to improve the health of my dog?

Cooking for your dog ensures they get the benefit of fresh whole food that is free of preservatives, fillers and chemical treatments. Adding the Azestfor Vitamin Mineral supplement powder for dogs ensures they get everything they need to thrive - with 21 vitamins & minerals including calcium and phosphorus, taurine and natural kelp.

My dog coughed. Does he have the flu?

In humans the common signs of flu are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Symptoms of the flu in your dog include a persistent cough, sneezing and high fever, reduced appetite and discharge from the eyes. If you suspect your dog is sick, schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.

 

How can I best protect my dog from the flu?

The easiest way to protect your dog from illness is to make sure they are healthy and have a strong immune system - to achieve this feed them a homemade dog food with vitamins which provides unsurpassed nutrition.

Should I consider giving my dog any other supplements?

New Zealand green lipped mussel has immunity boosting powers that will help keep your dog happy and healthy. You can add the green lipped mussel to kibble, canned or homemade dog food.