Although the spread of the Coronavirus has hit the human population hard, the canine community may not be at risk.
Certain types of coronaviruses can be contested by dogs, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific coronavirus, COVID-19, is believed to not be a threat to dogs.
According to both WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tell us there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other pets or people.
General Precautions To Take
Just as with yourself and your family, continue to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with any animal.
Try to avoid excessive contact with your dog such as being licked, kissing, and sharing food.
If dog owners are concerned, they can wipe their dog’s paws with antiseptic wipes after they have had a walk outside — but they should take care not to overdo it, as wiping too much can dry out a dog’s paws.
Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the novel coronavirus COVID-19. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog, speak to a veterinarian.