Amsterdam: Humans can transmit Covid-19 to their pets, according to a Dutch study. The study, conducted by Dr Els Broens from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, found that a surprising number of cats and dogs caught the virus from their owners.
“About one in five pets will catch the disease from their owners,” Dr Broens said. “Luckily, the animals do not get very ill from it.”
Broens’ study examined 156 dogs and 154 cats from 196 households where people were known to have had previously contracted Covid-19. About 17 per cent of the animals (31 cats and 23 dogs) had Covid-19 antibodies.
After PCR testing the animals for coronavirus, it was found that six cats and seven dogs – accounting for 4.2pc of the surveyed animals – had an active Covid-19 infection.