A companion dog contracted Covid-19 after all available evidence suggests the dog caught it from its owner in the UK in the first such case.
The dog is now recovering at home.
Its owner had previously tested positive for Covid-19.
Chief Veterinarian Christine Middlemiss said: “Tests conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed that the virus responsible for Covid-19 has been detected in a companion dog in the UK. The infected dog was undergoing treatment for another unrelated illness and is now recovering.
“It is very rare for dogs to become infected and they usually show only mild clinical signs and recover within a few days.
“There is no clear evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and update our advice to pet owners if the situation changes. “
There is no evidence to suggest that the animal has been involved in transmitting the disease to its owners or that pets or other domestic animals are capable of transmitting the virus to humans.
The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) advises people to continue to wash their hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.
UKHSA consultant medical epidemiologist Dr Katherine Russell said: “COVID-19 is spread primarily from person to person, but in some situations the virus can spread from humans to animals. In accordance with general public health guidelines, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after any contact with animals.
“Pet owners can access the latest government guidelines on how to continue caring for their pets during the Covid-19 pandemic. “
The case has been reported to the World Organization for Animal Health in accordance with international commitments.
There have been a very small number of confirmed cases in companion animals in other countries in Europe, North America and Asia.