You may be wondering: What should you do if your pet is a close contact to a positive case?
It's actually not unusual to be worried about pets getting infecting with COVID-19, especially during uncertain times during this still-ongoing pandemic.
There has been a few cases of animals being tested positive for COVID-19 as early as Mar 2020, such as this Belgian case. However, in Singapore, there has not been any confirmed cases of pets and animals contracting Covid-19 to date (as of 03 Oct 2021), although there have been some confirmed cases of infected pets overseas.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the possibility of pets spreading Covid-19 to hoomans is low. However, it is possible that humans can spread the virus to their pets especially if they are in close contact with them (which is very common, all the cuddles and kisses, we know).
Having said that, given the raging pandemic that is still ongoing today (and likely to become an endemic event), it is still important for pet owners to learn some tips on how to protect their little furry friends if a family member is tested positive or suspected to be infected with COVID-19. This is because it's all about protecting yourself, your family and your pet!
Here's some tips for you when it comes to caring for your pet if there is a suspected close contact case or positive case in your family.
Our pets are dependant on us for everything in their lives. So this article hopes to empower you with the knowledge to take steps to protect your pets during this still-uncertain times. Here's an infographic by Pawmeal© and Pawgazine© to help you understand everything in a snapshot, too! 😊
For Singaporean pet owners, there may not be any confirmed COVID-19 positive pet cases so far, but we never know when our dogs or cats may be already at risk from the coronavirus. Here's an article that provides a summary on how to protect your pet should your pet be at risk of getting infected.
Source: World Health Organization; World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Channel News Asia (30 Sep 2021), Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS)