April 21, 2020

Your dog or cat and COVID-19

The need to be confined to one’s house during the state of alarm caused by the coronavirus Covid 19 also affects the physical and mental health of our pets, especially dogs. A dog’s well-being depends on three fundamental aspects, which are physical exercise, exploring the surroundings and social interaction. All three can be affected by the exceptional situation we are going through, as a result leading to a drastic reduction in physical exercise, the freedom of exploration – especially through their sense of smell – and a lack of contact with people and other dogs. For all these reasons we propose a […]
April 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Dogs to be trained to detect virus

Specialist sniffer dogs are to be tested to see if they can detect coronavirus. The charity Medical Detection Dogs has already trained dogs to spot the scent of malaria, cancer and Parkinson’s. It plans trials on the current pandemic virus with Durham University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Charity boss Dr Claire Guest said it had to find out how to “safely catch the odour of the virus from patients”. “In principle, we’re sure that dogs could detect Covid-19,” she said. If this is proven, the dogs could be used to screen anyone, including those […]
April 21, 2020

Can other animals be infected by SARS-CoV-2?

Many species are susceptible to infection because they contain a protein known as angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2. That’s because the virus itself is covered in spiky projections that can to latch onto ACE2 proteins on the surface of animal cells. The coronavirus “spikes” then lock into place and hijack the cell to replicate. Using computer databases and modeling, researchers have examined the genes of species to find out if the ACE2 protein in their cells can be used by SARS-CoV-2. A recent study, published in the journal Microbes and Infection on March 19, showed SARS-CoV-2 could grab onto the […]

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