The Hague, The Netherlands:
The Dutch authorities reported the country's first coronavirus case in one dog and infections in three cats on Friday, but said that the likelihood of pet contamination was minimal.
The eight-year-old bulldog belonged to a COVID-19 patient and appeared to have been infected by its owner, said Dutch Minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten.
The dog was knocked down in late April.
The three cats were found on a mink farm where a coronavirus was found in April.
"In all cases, we see that pets do not infect people," but conversely, Schouten was quoted by the Dutch news agency ANP.
The minister added, "Although your pet is unlikely to be infected, it is advisable to avoid contact with pets if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, including hugging and licking."
The Hong Kong authorities previously reported two dogs that tested positive for coronavirus.
Other cases of corona viruses in animals around the world are a pet cat in Belgium and a tiger in the Bronx Zoo.
It was thought that all animals got the disease from humans.
The Netherlands has reported 5,643 human deaths from coronavirus and 43,681 infections.
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