Buddy, a German Shepherd, the first dog in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, died earlier this month.
Buddy first showed symptoms of COVID-19 in April. He tried to breathe, became lethargic and lost weight, according to an exclusive report by National Geographic.
Although he was tested for COVID-19 on May 15, his family did not receive confirmation that he had the disease until they were notified by the New York City Department of Health on June 2.
Buddy started vomiting blood a month later, and doctors found that his favorite canine also had lymphoma. Buddy’s family decided that a humane move would put him to sleep. (Doctors do not understand the nature of the respective roles that COVID-19 and lymphoma play in the passage of the dog.)
“My pet looked like my son,” said Buddy owner Allison Mahoney, according to National Geographic. “When he passed in front of me, he had blood on all his paws. I cleaned him before we went to the vet and stayed with him in the back seat. I said, ‘I’ll hear your voice, because all our furry friends. Your voice will be heard, my friend.
As of this writing, the US Department of Agriculture has diagnosed more than two dozen animals with coronavirus. There is still no evidence that pets can be easily infected with the new coronavirus. At the same time, there are still fears that humans could infect animals. Therefore, individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are advised to avoid physical contact with their pets and other animals.
“We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals, but there is currently no evidence that animals play a significant role in the spread of the virus,” the USDA said in a press release when discussing the first diagnosis of COVID-19 in an American dog. “Based on the limited information that exists, the risk of spreading the virus to humans is considered low. There is no justification for taking action against companion animals that may endanger their welfare.”
Studies show that both dogs and cats are susceptible to COVID-19, although cats appear to be more susceptible. At the same time, medical experts urge pet owners to avoid abandoning their animal companions simply because they are afraid of getting sick.
“The danger we face is that people get nervous when they hear that companion animals can be carriers of viruses and decide to get rid of them,” said Jürgen Richt, a veterinary virologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, in May. .
The first known newest coronavirus infection for an animal in the United States was Nadezhda, a four-year-old Malayan tiger that lives in the Bronx Zoo. Hope was tested for coronavirus after she began to show anxious symptoms, including a dry cough and loss of appetite.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported cases of COVID-19 in lions and minks. It was also found that common marmosets, cynomolgus macaques, ferrets, grive, golden Syrian hamsters and rhesus macaques.
The agency also notes that the new coronavirus appears to have originated in bats.
“Some coronaviruses that infect animals can spread to humans and then spread to humans, but this is rare,” he wrote. “It happened to the virus that caused the current outbreak of COVID-19, the virus probably originated in bats. The first reports of infection were related to the live animal market, but now the virus is spreading from person to person.”
He adds: “The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through respiratory drops from coughing, sneezing and talking. Recent studies show that people who are infected but have no symptoms are also likely to play a role in distribution of COVID. -19. “