December 10, 2020 2 min readThis article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.Recently, the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development ( Sader ) confirmed the first positive cases of pets affected by COVID-19 in the country. It involved three dogs: two of them are in the CDMX and one more in the State of Mexico.
The verification came after the coronavirus diagnostic tests (PCR) were applied and they were positive. The cause of the infections, it is estimated, was through their owners.Also, according to the reports, in total there have been twenty-five notifications about possible infections in dogs, cats and even a Bengal tiger (belonging to a zoo). However, only the three dogs mentioned were positive, thus becoming the first animals to be affected by coronavirus in Mexico.
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However, the news aroused the concern of social network users as they fear that, for fear of contagion, the abandonment of pets will increase. This despite the fact that, so far, no evidence has been found to confirm that pets are carriers and affect humans.
It is worth mentioning that, according to the Environmental and Territorial Ordinance Attorney's Office (PAOT), during the health emergency due to COVID-19 the abandonment of pets has increased by 20 percent.
Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.