The care of beloved Pets during the Coronavirus pandemic, twice is understandable, says veterinarian Achim Gruber, chief of animal pathology at the Free University of Berlin. “Because it comes to the health of the animals themselves. And infect because the animal is suspected of people.”

What we know so far about the role of Pets in the Corona-crisis?

There was in the Chinese city of Wuhan incredibly much the pet is suffering – but that had nothing to do with infections by the new Coronavirus to. Around 50’000 dogs to be temporarily abandoned was running around, because their owners were in hospital or otherwise not, you took care of it. Many may have starved to death. Pets have been thrown out of sheer Stress from the Windows of high-rise buildings.

Can sick Pets on the new Virus?

For dogs, we may include the previously largely exclusive. For cats the situation is currently somewhat unclear.
It would be a first, but a weak study, which suggests a role in the Transmission not completely ruled out. “But that does not mean that cats become ill or even people could infect,” said the expert. And Tests? “Which should be used at the Moment for people,” stresses Gruber.

started The first agitation, as a last weekend at a cat in the Belgian city of liège, the Coronavirus has been demonstrated. Your holder was infected after a trip to Italy proven with the Sars-CoV-2 Virus. Even the cat got, according to the report of the authorities, diarrhoea, and slight shortness of breath – and the new Virus was also detected in gastric fluid and feces.

Although it went in the kitty for the better, published by the Belgian authorities page rules of conduct for pet owners, such as: more distance from the animal, it is better not to leave out – but the coat is not please with disinfectant scrub!

Achim Gruber all this goes to far. “I see this case in liège extremely critical. This is very speculative,” he says. “I am not convinced that the cat is ill, in Belgium this is the human Coronavirus infection.” Because there is only a detection of the genetic material of the Virus in the faeces and in a stomach sample from the cat. “Without any evidence that this pathogen was involved in the clinical symptoms of this animal cause,” he adds.

May I cuddle with my pet now?

If an animal is well protected, so regularly wormed and vaccinated, holds proximity from a medical point of view, even now no large risk – cuddling is allowed. Be careful, however, should be as usual people with a severe immune deficiency. You should always keep more distance to the animals.

there Is the issue of Hygiene and animals deficits – regardless of Corona?

In any case. I think there’s rooms to exotic animals in children. Reptiles and bustle of some of the children to doctors in case of lack of Hygiene, the sweat beads on the forehead, for example, by Salmonella infections. Since the parents clean the Terrarium for your Lizard, and pet or feed the Baby without washing the hands. This can be fatal for the Baby.

And there are many other pathogens, which are for the dog and cat and human is significantly more dangerous than the new Virus. In cats, it is, for example, toxoplasmosis, which can go very badly for immunocompromised people, and also for unborn children through infections of Pregnant women. In the dog, there are a whole range of serious parasitic infections such as the Fox tapeworm, the Oriental eye worm, and later with the tongue or nose of the worm. The Fox tapeworm, dogs can die. And people, this parasite is transmitted, can die. (SDA)


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

Coronavirus, Sars-Cov-2, Covid-19 – what is What?

In the case of the Corona-pandemic reigns confusion about the terms. In this case, these three names mixed up again and again:

coronaviruses are a family of Viruses. This can affect both animals and people, and different symptoms trigger. Corona (dt. Crown) refers to their crown-like projections.

In January 2020 was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a new Coronavirus. Sars-Cov is Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (dt. severe acute respiratory syndrome-Coronavirus). Since it belongs to the same type as the Coronavirus of Sars epidemic in 2002 and 2003, it received the number 2.

The Sars-Cov-2 triggers in certain cases, a respiratory disease. This is referred to as the Covid-19, so Coronavirus disease (dt. Coronavirus Disease). The number 19 refers to the year 2019, by the disease was diagnosed for the first Time. Symptoms include severe lung inflammation.