Veterinarian David Solaque Sossa, Master in Veterinary Sciences with a deepening in Internal Medicine and CVZ doctor, was emphatic in pointing out that world organizations have ruled out any association of the coronavirus with animals, despite studying some suspected cases in Hong Kong, China .
"The experts in infectious diseases worldwide, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are very emphatic in indicating that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that cats and dogs are a source of infection or spread of the disease, ” said the veterinarian Solaque Sosa.
However, the specialist did indicate that it is a reality that animals can transmit other diseases to people and people to animals, so it is necessary to wash your hands before and after interacting with pets.
“Dogs are infected with Alphacoronavirus (Alpha-CoV), and cats with the FCoV-SB22 variant. In both species the disease presents with a picture of acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea), which under proper medical management in dogs is not usually fatal. In cats, a mutation of the same virus can occur that can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). These variants of coronavirus do not cause disease in humans ”, clarified the professional of the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center (CVZ) of the CES University.
In case domestic animals show signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, general discomfort, runny nose, or continuous sneezing, they should be recognized by the owners who should attend the veterinary doctor with the pet as soon as possible.