PSA: Canine Coronavirus Is NOT The Same As Coronavirus Disease

With the recent development of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines and the confirmation of local transmission, panic and misinformation have steadily been spreading. One misconception that has to be corrected is the confusion between Canine Coronavirus and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It has been brought to our attention that text messages have been circulating warning pet owners not to bring their pets…

Posted by Vets in Practice on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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Vets in Practice sought to clarify this. They released a statement on their Facebook page stating the following facts:

  • Canine Coronavirus is species-specific and cannot be transmitted to humans.
  • Canine Coronavirus is a completely different strain from the human Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently affecting the world.
  • Canine Coronavirus has been present in the Philippines for a very long time and Vets in Practice has been vaccinating against and treating cases of Canine Coronavirus for almost 2 decades now. Our cases are kept in isolation wards to prevent the spread to other dogs. Our survival rates are extremely high.

They post this with the goal of putting a stop to the misinformation currently circulating.

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