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Can Dogs Contract COVID-19?

Mar 09, 2020 01:31PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.
Can dogs contract COVID-19?
According to a report released by American Kennel Club (AKC), dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is believed to not be a health threat to dogs. 

Can other animals contract COVID-19?
According to the CDC, “the novel coronavirus is not believed to be a threat to pets.” 

Can dogs spread COVID-19?
The World Health Organization states, “There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. 

Is it safe to pet my dog?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, petting a dog’s fur is a low risk. 

The AKC is here to help dog owners adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Find answers to all your coronavirus concerns, plus at-home activity ideas, training tips, educational resources, and more at the AKC ‘Coping With Coronavirus COVID-19′ hub.

To read the full report or to learn more about the American Kennel Club, CLICK HERE.