(UnitedVoice.com) – The only known animals ever reported testing positive for COVID-19 were two dogs that came out of Hong Kong, according to news reports. And now, officials are reporting the first known coronavirus infection of a cat in Belgium.
The cat’s owner, who was also infected, said the cat had breathing problems, diarrhea, and vomiting. Belgian health officials told reporters the cat showed symptoms of the infection one week after its owner tested positive for the virus.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there’s currently no evidence to suggest that animals can spread the disease. They do, however, explain how an infected person could possibly spread the virus through pets.
There are several ways to protect your pets.
Health officials are saying there are no known cases of animals transmitting the virus to humans or other animals. However, they do suggest having someone else take care of your pet if you become infected with COVID-19.
If that’s not possible, the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests washing your hands after any interaction with your pet, keeping their bedding and toys clean, and wearing a face mask around them to help protect them from getting infected.
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