A recent study by Canadian researchers showed that people with Covid-19 may transmit the infection to dogs and kittens.
The emerging corona virus is an infectious disease of animal origin, that is, it was transmitted from animals to humans.
While it has been shown through recent studies that domestic animals do not play a prominent role in the outbreak of the virus, an increasing number of data shows that kittens, dogs, and even tigers, may become infected.
In a recent study that will be presented during a medical conference, but its results have not been published in a journal that includes a special committee for scrutiny, Canadian veterinary researchers conducted tests on pets that lived with people infected with the Corona virus or had symptoms related to Covid-19.
In a first group of animals whose owners were diagnosed with infection for less than two weeks, scientists looked for a trace of the virus in 17 cats, 18 dogs and one mongoose. The results of the tests were all negative, with the exception of one that doubts remain about its accuracy.
On the other hand, the researchers conducted tests on serum samples on a second group of eight kittens and ten dogs, the diagnosis of infection of their owners dates back to a longer period. To a more recent infection) I have three kittens.
All kittens carrying antibodies and one of the two dogs in the second group showed signs of infection, especially in the respiratory system, in conjunction with the infection of their owners.
“Despite the limited number of participants … these preliminary results lead to the belief that a large proportion of domestic animals that live with people with Covid-19 develop antibodies,” said Dorothy Binsley, a professor at the University of Guelph in the Canadian region of Ontario.
However, the sample is too small to determine crucial conclusions, and the owners of domestic animals should not be concerned about these results, according to experts who did not participate in the study, which will be presented next week at a conference organized by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases regarding Covid-19.
Sally Cutler, professor of medical microbiology at the University of East London, confirmed that there is not enough data to make recommendations for Covid-19 patients to isolate themselves from their animals, noting that “animals can be a source of comfort for humans, especially those who are sick.”
Although a number of dogs and kittens, and even a tiger in a New York Zoo, have been diagnosed with the new Corona virus in recent months, it is not known whether the infected animals may pose a danger to humans, according to the World Health Organization.
However, epidemic foci at sites of raising carnivorous mink animals raised concerns about the possibility of transmitting infection from these animals to humans.