PET DOGS OF JAPANESE COVID PATIENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR VIRUS
Two pet dogs of two coronavirus patients have tested positive for the coronavirus, a pet insurance company said Monday, marking the first cases in which infection of a pet animal has been reported in Japan, Kyodo news agency reported on the night of August 3, 2020.
The two dogs have not shown any symptoms and one has already shown negative results in more recent tests, Anicom Holdings, Inc. said.
While COVID-19 cases have been confirmed among pet cats in a number of countries including the United States, Belgium and France, fewer cases have been reported involving dogs overseas, according to the company.
The Anicom group launched a new service in April allowing coronavirus patients to entrust their pets to the care of its employees for free while the owners are in the hospital or isolation. A total of 42 pet animals -- 29 dogs, 12 cats and one rabbit -- have been taken care of under the Stay Anicom program. The company said the two dogs were entrusted to it in late July and it has continued to look after them in isolation after they tested positive. None of its employees who had contact with the dogs or other animals have developed health problems.