Animal Humane Society Talks Coronavirus and Pets
The Animal Humane Society is trying to ease concerns about the coronavirus. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, causing a global health scare. Multiple reports say the virus has sickened thousands and led to the deaths of more than 500 people.
But experts with the Animal Humane Society are trying to eliminate misconceptions about coronavirus. The organization’s Golden Valley location has heard from people expressing concern about contracting the virus from their pets. Experts say that is not the case.
“Coronavirus is very species specific, meaning that the species of humans only have to worry about catching it from other humans. Dogs catch from dogs. Cats catch from cats. That kind of thing,” said Dr. Graham Brayshaw, director of animal services for the Animal Humane Society.
Brayshaw says the coronavirus is actually a very common respiratory infection in cats. And he says it often shows up as a gastrointestinal illness in dogs. The coronavirus is also typically not fatal for pets, said Brayshaw.
The World Health Organization offers more information about the coronavirus and how to protect yourself.