Can dogs get COVID? What You Need to Know About the Virus and Pets – NBC Chicago

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Can dogs, cats, and other pets get COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIt is possible for animals to catch COVID from people, but there is a low chance that animals will transmit the virus to humans.

Most of the animals infected with the coronavirus had close contact with people who had COVID, such as pet owners and caregivers, the CDC said online.

Reports of animals infected with COVID have been documented around the world, specifically in companion animals, zoo animals, mink on mink farms, and wild white-tailed deer in the US.

Although animals can get and spread COVID, health officials said more studies are needed to learn if and how different animals are affected.

Based on current research, the CDC said there is no evidence that animals play a “significant role” in the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, to animals.

“Some coronaviruses that infect animals can be transmitted to people and then between people, but this is rare. This is what happened with SARS-CoV-2, which probably originated in bats,” the website said. from the CDC.

Like humans, some animals with COVID are asymptomatic, though others may show signs of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, health officials said. These are the possible symptoms:

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