Much less affected than humans, the animals lament some victims of the coronavirus : the first dog to have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States is dead, reports the National Geographic magazine, after having exhibited symptoms similar to those of many humans.
Buddy, a German shepherd seven years old, had fallen ill in April, around the time where its owner Robert Mahoney was recovering himself for the Covid-19, indicated the magazine this week. Buddy seemed to have a stuffy nose and breathing difficulties, and his condition has continued to deteriorate over the weeks. Robert Mahoney and his wife, Allison, who live in New York city, have finally decided to euthanize the dog on July 11, when Buddy began vomiting clots of blood, to have blood in his urine and unable to walk.
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Twelve dogs and 10 cats tested positive in the United States
The family told National Geographic have suspected he had the disease, but that it had been difficult to confirm. "Without a shadow of a doubt, I thought that [Buddy] was positive," said Robert Mahoney. However, not only are more veterinarians in his area were closed due to the pandemic, but some were also skeptical about the possibility that an animal catches the Covid-19.
the clinic was finally able to confirm that Buddy was infected with hiv and the other family pet, a 10 month old puppy who had never been sick, had antibodies to the virus. The doctors who treated Buddy later discovered that the dog was suffering also likely to be a lymphoma, which could indicate that, like humans, animals with a medical history may be more likely to become seriously ill from the Covid-19. Officially, according to the world health Organization, the pets do not receive often not the virus to their owners. Twelve dogs and ten cats were tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States, according to National Geographic.
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