GEORGE TOWN: Coronavirus contracted by family pets have been round for many years and is a wholly totally different pressure in comparison with the newly-discovered Covid-19 that infects people.
Veterinary surgeon Dr Ok. Pavabakaran mentioned there isn’t a new concrete proof indicating cross-infections of those coronaviruses from animals to people to this point.
“The sorts of canine coronavirus that infect canine usually are not the identical as Covid-19 and this prompted researchers to look into the dangers of those coronaviruses passing from animals to people.
“Whereas research are ongoing, there isn’t a new concrete proof indicating such cross-infections to this point.
“The coronavirus that impacts pets, extra generally canine, normally impacts their gastrointestinal and digestive programs.
“That is totally different from Covid-19, which impacts our respiratory system, ” he mentioned yesterday.
Dr Pavabakaran mentioned he has been providing vaccination for canine coronavirus at his clinic for over 25 years.
“So far as I’m conscious, there has by no means been any occasion the place people have been contaminated with the coronavirus that impacts their pets.
“However we can not say the identical for Covid-19 and whether it is secure for pet homeowners to be round pets in the event that they contracted Covid-19.
“As a result of Covid-19 is comparatively new, I personally assume there isn’t a hurt in being cautious.
“If pet homeowners are down with Covid-19, or anybody in any respect catches Covid-19, they should isolate themselves, even from their pets.
“Some concern is sweet on this case as it’s at all times higher to take precautions, ” he mentioned.
In the meantime, Penang Animal Welfare Society (4PAWS) founder Barbara Janssen, who famous an growing variety of pets being dumped through the pandemic, urged pet homeowners not to surrender on their pets simply.
“Whether or not it is because of coronavirus scares or financial difficulties, pet homeowners shouldn’t merely dump their pets.
She additionally mentioned the coronavirus that impacts pets is completely totally different from Covid-19.
“It is not going to unfold to people. I’ve been round canine for many of my life and I’ve by no means seen anybody contaminated by the pressure that impacts canine.
“As such, there actually is not any motive to be involved or frightened of our pets primarily based on viral posts or rumour rumours, ” mentioned Janssen whose shelter in Teluk Bahang now homes over 600 canine.
At one other shelter in Teluk Bahang, which homes over 300 cats, Cat Seashore Sanctuary founder Teviot Fairservis mentioned they get calls daily from the general public or homeowners who’re letting their cats go.
“Whether or not these folks let go of their cats resulting from coronavirus scare or financial difficulties, we have no idea, ” he mentioned.