FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 – Buddy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, who was the first dog tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, died after being ill for three months, CNN fifth report.
Whether the dog died of coronavirus or lymphoma is unclear. Buddy became ill in April but it was not until May that the veterinarian confirmed that the animal was infected.
In June, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed this is the first dog to test positive for coronavirus in the country, CNN note.
Budd's health continues to deteriorate. By July 11, the dog's owner said National Geographic, that the dog threw blood clots.
According to USDA, fewer than 25 dogs and cats have been infected with coronavirus in this country.
But since there is no mandatory test for domestic animals with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, it is unknown how many pets can be infected, CNN to speak.
"The second dog tested positive in the United States, in Georgia and the sixth dog, in South Carolina, both died, for example, and their deaths were attributed to other conditions," National Geographic report.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a guide to caring for pets with COVID-19, but there's no reliable data on how the virus affects pets, CNN report.
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