Monkeypox in dogs have been found recently. Two men living in France contracted the Monkeypox. They isolated themselves from the outside world. But continued to sleep in the bed with their Italian greyhound.
They noticed lesions and pustules on the four-year-old puppies’ abdomen. A PCR test on the animal later confirmed that it had the virus.
According to the timeline the men detailed, it took about 12 days for the dog to show symptoms. Although this may be reported as the first case of monkeypox in dogs, it is not the first in animals.
In 2003 the Center for Infectious Disease Research and policy discovered the Monkeypox in rodents. According to that report, the CDC announced Monkeypox in one Gambian giant rat, three dormice, and two rope squirrels. The animals were part of a shipment of African rodents, previously numbered at about 800, imported into the United States on Apr 9.
Additionally, Prairie dogs also tested positive for the infection spread to humans.
According to CIDRAP, the U.S also stated, infectious animals to be the source of the current monkeypox outbreak in the United States.
The report stated that Dr. Martin Cetron, deputy director of the CDC’s global migration and quarantine programs recommended isolating the animals. “The goal is to protect people, pets and wildlife in the United States by preventing the monkeypox virus from spreading or becoming established permanently.”
But the CDC later called for euthanizing these animals. “All other animals on affected premises should be monitored for monkeypox and complete a six-week quarantine period starting from the time that the African rodents and the prairie dogs are destroyed,” the announcement said.
Symptoms for MonkeyPox in Dogs
Symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, monkeypox can lead to chest infections, pneumonia, or even death. Currently, no specific treatment for monkeypox exists. But vaccinations can prevent the disease.