Can DOGS catch the coronavirus?

CORONAVIRUS cases in humans have now surpassed 64,000 around the world. So can the deadly disease also infect pets such as dogs?

PUBLISHED: 15:06, Fri, Feb 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:20, Fri, Feb 14, 2020

The raging coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is speedily spreading around the world, with rising human death toll currently standing at 1,384. Little is known about the contagious virus, although some experts believe it has come from animals, leading many to fear for the lives of their pets.

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Can dogs catch the coronavirus?

The canine coronavirus disease can infect dogs, with puppies in particular adversely affected.

The untreatable canine coronavirus is different to the human version and does not affect people.

Fortunately coronavirus is normally short-lived, but may cause considerable discomfort for a few days in infected dogs.

The cause is a virus of the Coronaviridae family, which gets its name from its resemblance to a coronet, or a small crown made of ornaments fixed on a metal ring.

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Can dogs catch the coronavirusCoronavirus UK news: Canine coronavirus disease can infect dogs, especially puppies (Image: Getty)

How contagious is coronavirusCoronavirus UK news: Coronavirus cases in humans have now surpassed 64,000 around the world (Image: Express)

How is canine coronavirus transmitted?

Most cases of the dog form of coronavirus are contracted by contact with infected faecal matter.

Dogs can also become infected by eating from contaminated food bowls or direct contact with infected dogs.

Close contact and unsanitary conditions can also lead to coronavirus transmission.

The incubation period of canine coronavirus from ingestion to clinical signs is up to four days, while the illness can last up to ten days.

Secondary infections by bacteria,

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