Different associations of veterinarians and entities that work with pets (Colvema, Amvac, Aevet, Amurvac, Aveto, Acoveac, Aemve, Usvema and Avegape) have held a meeting and produced a statement to try to pass on a message of reassurance to pet owners.
“Until now there is no scientific evidence to indicate that pets are carriers or transmitters of the coronavirus. All the state veterinary clinics have followed daily, for many years, a high-level and rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocol (bactericide / fungicide and viricides) that prevents the spread and / or transmission of viruses, bacteria and fungi between animals and people ”, they clarify.
According to veterinary representatives, all pet owners, independent of the coronavirus, should maintain a minimum hygiene measures, such as washing hands after touching the pet and not touching eyes, nose and eyes.
For those who have tested positive for the Cov-19, the ideal is to leave your dog or cat in the care of another person, if not possible, the utensils of pets should be disinfected, and before going to the vet should be called to tell you how to proceed. As a general rule mask should be used in the presence of the animal and avoid contact. But all this, within tranquility and calm, because they insist, “there is no scientific evidence that they can make sick or transmit the coronavirus.”
The College of Veterinarians together with the Complutense University of Madrid has produced a clear infographic with advice on how to act, that all pet owners must follow.
Also in the joint document, veterinarians warn that they are the first interested in using effective products and protocols against all kinds of microorganisms. “To reiterate that the pets play no role in coronavirus disease, as the scientific studies carried out to date point out ”, they conclude.
According to Benito Pérez, president of Aevet and member of the Board of Directors of the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid (Colvema), “the clinics continue to attend to any questions or needs that may arise regarding covid-19 and of course medical and surgical care of pets is maintained in all veterinary centers” And he adds that veterinarians “will be active with the commitments in the field of public health that we veterinarians have especially for information and health advice.”
For its part, the Official College of Veterinarians of Barcelona (COVB) has also wanted to inform animal owners and has prepared, with the help of specialists from the Animal Health Research Center (IRTA-CReSA) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), a series of questions and answers, with the aim of helping to solve the main doubts of the owners of pets around this issue.
They agree that “there is no evidence that pets can develop the disease, or even that they can become infected with the virus. Dogs and cats can suffer from diseases caused by other types of coronaviruses, and these do not affect humans“
Although they insist that they cannot transmit it to people or other animals, they do qualify that “Animals can function as passive carriers of viral particles in their skin, nose, etc., especially for pets that are exposed to the virus for people suffering from the disease,” they clarify.
Finally, they recommend washing hands with soap and water after touching the animals; avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose after touching animals; and avoid contact with sick animals.
As for keeping the pet at home if a person is infected, experts say yes, but with minimal measures and remember that “it is totally contraindicated to put a mask on the animal “