Can puppies get COVID?

One of the most devastating health disasters of the last few decades is, without question, the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 5.5 million deaths from the disease worldwide, the pandemic has left a trail of misery, death, and despair in its wake. Millions of puppy and dog parents have died, leaving their pets to fend for themselves or go to a shelter.

The fact is, many of my readers are highly concerned about what would happen to their pets if they were to pass from COVID-19. I have read many comments in the last two years or so, talking about this very subject. It’s been a stressful time for everyone, no doubt, and dog owners have not been spared.

I was thinking deeply about this predicament the other day, worrying about my readers and, frankly, myself, as I’m a puppy parent too. We all worry about our beloved pets and, of course, want the best for them. That’s led to a question that I had never heard before the pandemic (and, hopefully, will never hear again): Can puppies get COVID?

The answer is that, yes, a small handful of puppies and dogs have been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, from what I’ve seen, it’s incredibly rare. Also, there have been no reported dog or puppy deaths from the coronavirus, at least when it comes to COVID-19. 

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that “there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.” In other words, the risk of your puppy getting, spreading, or dying from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is very slight, if almost impossible.

Now, here’s the thing; dogs can get coronaviruses and have been getting sick from them for a long time. The canine respiratory coronavirus, for example, is very common in dogs and puppies. The difference, of course, is that the canine respiratory coronavirus is not COVID-19. Also, it’s rare for an animal to spread any type of virus to humans and vice versa.

Now that you know that it’s almost unheard of for puppies to get COVID, you might want to learn more about the situation and what to do to protect your pup. For example, can puppies die from COVID-19, and is there a COVID vaccine for dogs? If you’d like to know the answers to these questions and several more, read on. I’ve got them for you below, as well as interesting, real-world info that can help you and your precious pupper through these trying times.

Can Dogs Spread COVID-19?

From everything that I’ve read and seen in the news, the risk of your puppy spreading COVID-19 is negligible at best. Much of the information I’ve seen comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, aka the CDC. As I mentioned earlier, they say that “no evidence that animals play a significant role” in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people. 

The fact is, there are very few diseases that both dogs and humans can contract and spread between the species. The novel coronavirus is one that, thankfully, doesn’t tend to jump from one species to another.

Can Humans Spread COVID-19 to Puppies?

It appears that humans can spread COVID-19 to other animals, although the risk is so low as to almost be nonexistent. From all of the scientific research studies I’ve seen, the animals that have been infected by a human (both dogs and cats) all had very mild COVID-19 symptoms, and all survived. Can humans spread the novel coronavirus to puppies? Probably, but not likely.

Can Puppies Die from COVID-19?

From all of the research that I’ve personally done online when researching this blog, not a single puppy has been confirmed to have died from the novel coronavirus. Of the tiny number of dogs and cats that have contracted the virus, only one has died. Indeed, most had mild or no symptoms.

Is There a COVID Vaccine for Dogs?

While the novel coronavirus has infected a minuscule number of dogs, many of my readers still ask me if there will be a COVID vaccine for dogs and puppies sometime soon. The answer is, most likely, no. 

The reasons for this blunt answer are simple. First, it’s improbable that a puppy or dog infected with COVID-19 will get severely sick and pass away. Second, as I mentioned earlier, there’s minimal risk that the novel coronavirus will spread back and forth between humans and dogs.

COVID Symptoms in Dogs

Since very few dogs have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it’s challenging to say what exact symptoms they would have. However, there are other types of coronavirus that dogs can contract. They’re similar but different, and the symptoms they cause are the same, including:

  • Lethargy or complete lack of energy
  • A loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

Where Can I Test my Dog for COVID-19?

Actually, the CDC recommends against routine testing of animals and pets for COVID-19. That being said, COVID-19 tests for pets are available at many veterinarians’ offices. If yours doesn’t have them, you can ask them to order one for testing your precious pup. However, I’d wait on doing that unless your puppy is showing symptoms. Remember, statistically speaking, it would be very rare for your puppy to contract COVID-19.

Final Thoughts

Can puppies get covid-19? While it is possible, the chance of a puppy or dog contracting covid-19 is extremely low.  From the research I‘ve done, I have only seen one precious pup that has died from covid-19, the first one ever infected. (RIP, Buddy the dog.) Also, the risk of transmission between humans and puppies is extremely low, making your puppy’s chance of getting covid extremely rare.

I hope today’s blog eases your fears about puppies and COVID-19. Please see my other blogs if you have more questions about this or other puppy subjects. They’re packed with all sorts of helpful information that can assist you in becoming a better puppy parent.