Can dogs get Coronavirus – Covid-19?: A complete guide

Updated: Jul 19


The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus Covid-19 as a pandemic on March 2020. Now, pet owners around the world find themselves faced with several questions — Can dogs get coronavirus Covid-19? Can coronavirus Covid-19 pass from dogs to humans? What is canine coronavirus? We’ve broken it down for you:

Can dogs get coronavirus covid-19? The answer is no

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), currently there is no evidence that dogs can infect humans with Covid-19.

A pomeranian tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19

Why the confusion?

NEWS #1: Two dogs in Hong Kong were tested ‘positive’ for coronavirus Covid-19. The owner of the first dog was infected with Covid-19 and it is believed to be a human-to-animal transmission. Clinically, the 17-yr-old Pomeranian, who passed away, did not exhibit any signs of the disease within or outside quarantine. Same goes for the second dog, a German Shepherd.

MEANING #1: The virus found on the dog’s nose was as good as the virus found on any other part of the owner’s house. Just like a door knob. Anyone who touches the door knob risks exposure and infection. In short, there is no correlation between the dog’s death and Covid-19.

a german shepherd tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19