Buddy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd from State Island, New York, who was the first dog to test for a positive coronavirus in the United States, died on July 11 after a three-month illness, according to National Geographic.
It is unclear whether Buddy died from a complication of the coronavirus, which he most likely caught from his owner, Robert Mahoney – who tested positive this spring – or whether he died of lymphoma.
Two veterinarians, who were not involved in his treatment but were reviewing Buddha̵7;s medical records for National Geographic, told the publication that the dog probably had cancer.
Virus infection: The dog became ill in April, and Mahoney suspected that he had the virus, but it was not until mid-May that the family finally found a vet who would check it and confirm that Buddy was infected.
“You tell people that your dog has been positive and they are looking at you [as if you have] ten heads, ”Robert Mahoney’s owner and wife, Allison, told reporters.
By June 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that Buddy was the first dog to be tested for coronavirus in the United States.
Some context: In the United States, it is confirmed that less than 25 dogs and cats are infected with the coronavirus, according to the USDA.
There are no mandatory testing requirements for animals living in homes with Covid-19 positive people, so it is not known how many pets in the United States can be infected and whether people with basic health conditions can be infected. exposed to greater risk.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidelines for caring for a Covid-19 pet, but it does not include information on testing or collecting information for veterinarians, as there is still no reliable data on how the virus affects pets.