But only if they've been in contact with someone who has the disease.
A midlands vet is allaying fears that pets could contract Covid-19.
A dog can be a vector - but Des Groome from Kildarevet.ie says only if they've been in contact with someone who has the disease and says the germs would only last for about an hour.
The pet dog that was tested for the illness in Hong Kong has died two days after it was released from quarantine.
The 17-year-old Pomeranian, initially tested "weak positive" for the virus.
It showed no symptoms and was released from quarantine on Saturday after further tests produced negative results.
Hong Kong officials say the dog died on Monday.
The World Organization for Animal Health has cautioned that there is no evidence of pets transmitting the virus to humans.
While the host species that covid-19 originate from is still unknown, Mr. Groome says coronavirus is something vets are familiar with: