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Can Dogs Get Coronavirus?

By AKC Staff
Feb 4, 2020

Last week, the World Health Organization declared that the 2019 novel coronavirus is now a global health emergency. In the panic that followed, people became worried not only about their own health but the health of their pets as well.

Dogs wearing face masks have popped up in photos across social media, causing pet owners everywhere to ask: can dogs get coronavirus?

Can dogs contract or spread coronavirus?
Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific coronavirus is believed not to be a threat to pets.

The World Health Organization reported that there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in domestic animals. "At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus," their report says.

Despite this, Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and representative of China's National Health Commission cautioned pet owners in China to be vigilant about their own health and the health of their pets: "If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets."

The CDC says that "while this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person." The CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, "but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus."

How can dog owners protect pets from coronavirus?
For now, pet owners in the U.S. don't need to do anything other than follow normal health precautions such as washing their hands with soap and water after contact with any animal.

Dogs do not need a face mask to protect themselves against the new coronavirus. If you are still concerned or notice a change in your dog, speak to a veterinarian.
Golden Gate Lab Rescue Pet Fairs & Events  
Come meet the dogs & your GGLRR Volunteers!

March Pet Fair:
March 14, 11am-2pm
Walnut Creek Pet Food Express
1388 S. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

April Pet Fairs:
April 4, 11am-2pm @ Walnut Creek Pet Food Express
April 25, 11am-2pm @ Novato - Diablo Pet Food Express


9-year-old neutered male Chocolate Lab mix, 70 lbs. 
Shyler is an affectionate Lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  He is loving, sensitive, and QUAD-lingual: he understands English, ASL, Spanish, and ... Dog.  Shyler will be a great dog for a single person who will have their dog with them most of the time.

Shyler is current on Rabies and Distemper vax and will soon be microchipped and get a heartworm test.  He is located in Napa.

Contact Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, 

10-month-old spayed Black Lab mix, 48 lbs. 

Lilly is looking for an owner who is ready for an energetic, playful, gregarious, and friendly puppy.  She gets along with everyone, is a ROCKSTAR in playgroups, and that helicopter tail never stops spinning!  Lilly will benefit from a lot of basic puppy training and plenty of exercise that can help keep all that energy in check.   

Lilly has had her shots, is microchipped and heartworm negative.  She is located in San Francisco.

Contact Rescue Rep Liz at
2-yr-old, neutered male Black Lab mix 85 lbs.
Bruce is a big, active boy that loves to play fetch, go for a walk or ride in the car.  He is friendly and listens very well. He is incredibly well behaved on walks (no pulling or barking) and we are looking for a home that can continue his loving care and get him plenty of exercise.

Bruce is up to date on his shots and heartworm negative.  He will be going into our vet for a complete well check.  Bruce is located in Brentwood.
Please contact Rescue Rep Liz at

3-yr-old, neutered male Black Lab/Rottie mix, 70 lbs.

Cash is our Lab-wannabe as his DNA test revealed his is part Rottweiler, pit bull, and boxer.  This loyal, energetic, and protective guy will require a strong leader/handler who is willing to continue the tough work of rehabilitating his fear of people and things (including dogs) he is not familiar with.  This will likely require the involvement of a professional dog trainer.  Cash is a strong dog who likes to run a lot.  He is looking for a patient, quiet, and calm forever home - ideally one that doesn't have frequent visitors or children.

This guy is the epitome of fine health.  Cash is current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped.  He is located in Berkeley.

Contact Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, 

Tiggy - The Ultimate Trail Companion

"A quick Tiggy update on her 4th birthday: she is doing SO well!  We love this girl so much.  She is hilarious, sweet, a best friend to all children in town, and a mortal enemy of all squirrels.  Her energy level hasn't gone down a bit since she came into our lives two years ago, and she keeps us all in good shape.  She is a tremendous trail companion, loves the dog park, has a best friend maltipoo who lives next door (they're hilarious together), but her Happy Place is definitely Stinson."

Christie Michaels 

Prosser - The Dog Formerly Known as Bruce
"Prosser is so good!!  He is living an amazing life.  Believe it or not he went with me in the cabin of the plane and flew to NJ over the holidays to visit family.  He was so well behaved and everyone commented what a good dog he was!  He loves Tahoe and having all the freedom to run around there.  He loves camping too!"

Dawn Adams
Echo (AKA Spider-dog?)

"We started fostering Echo in July when his dad had to give him up due to changing personal circumstances...We adopted him in August and every day is better because of him.  He's well behaved, always smiling and wagging, goofy, cuddly.  A bit like Mary Poppins, really - practically perfect in every way.  (He is an EPIC shedder!)  He goes to Bernal Hill park every morning to see his old and new pals, gets at least two other walks/day, and is always right next to us when we're home." 

Jennifer Sims and Jim Gill

   Big Kudos and Hearty Congratulations to Mike Bruce & Cooper for achieving FEMA certification at the CE (Certification Evaluation) this February in Phoenix, Arizona.  

This is an incredible accomplishment and we look forward to hearing more about Mike & Cooper as they are now certified and ready to respond.

Thank you to Sylvia Stone of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for the update and the photo!
Great Ways to Help Us Help Labs... 
We are now part of Amazon Smile's program online. Anything you buy on Amazon, you can also buy on Amazon Smile and a small portion of your purchase will be donated to GGLRR. Just go to Amazon Smile and designate "Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc" as your selected charity. It's so easy to do and it would mean a lot to the Labs.  
GGLRR also has an Amazon Wish List! 
If you are on Amazon and want to buy something for the Labs, please check out our WishList!

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