Silicon Valley, CA-- Most of us already know the rules to follow in this pandemic: To keep our distance from other people, to wash our hands often and to wear a mask when we stop out. but according to the FOOD and DRUG ADMINISTRATION of the United States, (FDA) only very few people could answer questions about safety of their pets. For our readership information, CULTURAL WORLD BILINGUAL is reproducing some of the consumers most common questions to the FDA and their answers.
CAN PETS CONTRACT the COV 19?
According to the FDA the risk of your pets contracting the Virus and passing it into you, is low. They may, but at this moments, there is no evidence that pets could transmit the COVD-l9 to us. It has been reported, however, that in different countries around the word, different animals (including dogs and cats had been infected with the virus after being in constant contact with a person who has the COVID-19, because of it, it is wise that a 'sick' person 'protects' his or her pets by not petting them and keeping them away from him or from her.
THE FDA PETS RULES FOR THEIR SAFETY ARE AS FOllOWS:
- Do not allow your pets to socialize with other people living in your house.
- Keep your cats inside the house to be sure they are not socializing with another person.
- Walk you dog on a leash and be sure that it does not get closer (At least six feet closer) to any other animal or person walking on the street.
- Do not allow your pet to be touched or pet by anyone.
- AVOID PARKS. specially dogs' parks a public places where your dog may meet other dogs.
- The moment that you NOTICE any changes in your dog. Call your veterinary.
Q: IF I CATCH THE CORONAVIRUS CAN I INFECT MY PET?
A: We all are still learning about this virus, but it seem that one could transmit it from people to animal in some cases. So, if you think that you are sick with the COVID-19, read the CDC Document "If You Have Pets | COVID-19 | CDC" in the website: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html) The CDC also recommends to limit all contact with animals unless we learn more about it. Which means that you need to avoid all contact with your pet, no petting, no hugging, no kisses or allow your pet to lick you or share your food in your bed. However, if you have to take care of your pet while You are sick, wash your hands BEFORE and AFTER touching it y use a mask. You can also check CDC Document "Use Cloth Face Coverings on your face, to Help Slow Spread, as written in | CDC" (https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting=sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
Q: SHOULD I SUMMIT MY PET TO A COVID-19 TEST?
A: At this time, the CDC does not recommend tests for pets. We are still learning about the virus, but it has, at times, been transmitted by pets. At this time, however, the risk is low but if your pet is sick the CDC suggestion is for you to bring it to the veterinary as soon as possible. We also recommend that you read CDC document "What to Do if Your Pet Tests Positive for the Virus that Causes COVID-19 | CDC" (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/positive-pet.html) and ALWAYS wash your hands before touching and after touching them.
Q: Is it risky to ADOPT a PET from the ANIMAL CENTER at this time?
A: the CDC does not have enough information yet, but there is no reason to believe that the animals in the Refuges for Animals will transmit the virus.
Q: What Animals could get sick with the virus?
A: As of today all we know is that the COVID-19 affects different animals differently, but there have been cases of dogs and cats infected by the virus by their owners.
Ferrets, cats and hamsters may be infected but not pigs, chickens and ducks. The dogs are less likely to be infected than cats. The first animal confirmed as Positive in the United States was a tiger in the New York Zoo. on April 4, 2020.
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