How do I know that my pet does not have Covid-19?
Let no one worry. Experts and health authorities agree that the cases discussed are four isolated cases of animals with possible symptoms of Covid-19 are “exceptional” and that, for the moment, “there is no scientific proof that they can transmit it to humans or other animals.” Although both the three apparently infected pets and the tigress had been in direct contact with people who have suffered from the coronavirus disease, there is also no scientific evidence that animal fauna is vulnerable to it.
Throughout a lengthy document, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has made it clear that “the current spread of Covid-19 is due to human-to-human transmission.” “There is no justification for taking measures related to companion animals that may affect their welfare,” adds the institution. In other words, there is no proof that pets spread the virus to people.
It could happen, “occasionally” and anecdotally, the other way around, as the Ministry of Health maintains in a technical note. “Although you have to be very cautious because it is a virus that we still know very little about. We have many open hypotheses but little evidence. In any case, what is clear is that the virus has found the panacea in humans and is spreading to perpetuate itself “, says the president of the Spanish Veterinary Collegiate Organization (OCV), Luis Alberto Calvo Sáez.
Research on pets and Covid-19
Beyond these three pets with respiratory and digestive symptoms linked to Covid-19, a team of Chinese researchers has carried out experimental studies in a laboratory to verify the possible progression of the disease in a series of animals, which previously has inoculated high viral loads through its nostrils. The results conclude that in cats and ferrets Covid-19 replicates in their respiratory tract, despite the fact that none had symptoms. Dogs, on the other hand, have low susceptibility, and pigs,
Chickens or ducks are not susceptible to the virus.
From the OCV they insist that, as it is an investigation, the natural conditions of transmission and infection are not recreated. “It is an experiment that cannot be transferred to everyday reality. In addition, new research will have to be carried out to confirm or discard the results ”, they add from this body.
The Association of Veterinary Medicine in the USA is also skeptical, which stresses that what happens in a laboratory does not have to be replicated outside of it. Even so, experts appeal to caution, since SARS-CoV-2, like all viruses, is continually evolving and much is unknown about its operation.