In the Netherlands, a dog and three cats were infected with the new coronavirus, according to the authorities, the first confirmed cases involving domestic animals in the country.
The dog is said to have been infected by its owner, said Minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten.
“It is important that pet owners follow this advice: Patients with COVID-19 should, as a precaution, avoid contact with their pets,” Schouten said in a letter to Parliament.
“Sick animals belonging to people with COVID-19 should be kept indoors as much as possible. “
Other animal infections with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, have occasionally been reported worldwide during the current pandemic.
The Dutch National Institute for Health says the risk of an animal infecting humans is very low.
Last month, a number of mink from a farm in the southern Netherlands were found to be infected with coronavirus.
Schouten said that 11 cats that lived near the farm were tested and three found that they had developed antibodies to the virus, showing that they had it.
None have tested positive for a live infection.
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The dog has been described as an 8-year-old American Bulldog whose owner had COVID-19. The dog was killed on April 30 due to serious breathing problems, and a blood sample showed that it had developed antibodies to the virus.
“It means the dog suffered from an infection” of the coronavirus, the letter said. However, it has not been confirmed if the dog’s respiratory problems were the result of COVID-19 or another disease.
In February, a Hong Kong dog whose owner had tested the coronavirus “weak positive” for the virus.