First German Shepherd Dog Found Corona Infected In U.S. Dies
Washington. National Geographic magazine reported that the first dog to test positive for coronavirus in the United States has died. He died after battling the symptoms of corona infection similar to many victims of the virus. The seven-year-old German Shepherd Breed’s elder fell ill after being infected with the coronavirus in April. It was almost the same time that his owner Robert Mahoni was recovering from Covid-19.
The elder seems to have trouble breathing and his condition deteriorated in the next weeks and months. Mahoni and his wife Allison, who lived in New York, eventually killed the dog on July 11 after Buddy began vomiting blood clots, bleeding, and walking while urinating. However, the family told National Geographic that they were finding it difficult to confirm the suspicion that Buddy was infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Mahoni said many animal clinics in his area were closed due to the epidemic. But, without a doubt, I think the big corona was infected. Some of them suspected that the dog could be infected with the virus. Indeed, most of the test kits were being preserved for human use. However, a clinic was finally able to confirm that the buddy corona was infected and found that the family’s 10-month-old puppy, who had never been sick, had antibodies to the virus.
EXCLUSIVE: The first dog positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S. was a German shepherd named Buddy. He has died.
We knew little about US pet cases before now. No identities, scant details, few updates.
Buddy’s owners reached out to me to tell their story: https://t.co/RNhxGBUiWB
— Natasha Daly (@natashaldaly) July 29, 2020
Later, Buddy’s vets found that the dog was likely to suffer from lymphoma. This raises the question of whether animals, like humans, may be susceptible to coronavirus with pre-existing diseases. He told National Geographic that neither the public health officer nor the veterinarians gave much information to the family about it. Indeed, animals did not have enough data about the virus.