A German Shepherd on State Island, the first dog to test positive for coronavirus, has died, the first of its kind, the report said Wednesday.
Seven-year-old Buddy began having trouble breathing in mid-April, shortly after his owner, Robert Mahoney, earned a contract with COVID-19, according to National Geographic.
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From April 21 to May 15, the down continued to lose weight and became increasingly sluggish.
His owners took him to veterinarians, who gave him medicine but suspected he had the virus.
He was finally tested on May 15, a month after his symptoms appeared, at Bay Street Animal Hospital in Rozbank.
His test returned positive, and the results were later confirmed by the New York Department of Health, the magazine reports.
Buddy died on July 11.
Medical records reviewed by the magician suggest that the puppy probably also had lymphoma, a type of cancer.
According to National Geographic: “It is unclear whether the cancer has made it more susceptible to coronavirus infection, whether the virus has contracted it, or whether it is just a coincidence.”
Buddy was one of less than 25 pets in the country who tested positive for the virus.
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“You tell people that your dog has been positive and they are looking at you [as if you have] 10 goals, “said one of its owners, Allison Mahoney.
“[Buddy] was the love of our lives. … He brought joy to all. I can’t wrap my head around that. “