November 29, 2020

Buddy, first canine to check constructive for coronavirus dies in New York – well being

A German shepherd in New York that had the primary confirmed case of COVID-19 in a canine within the US has died.

Robert and Allison Mahoney of Staten Island instructed Nationwide Geographic that their 7-year-old shepherd, Buddy, developed respiratory issues in mid-April after Robert had been sick with the coronavirus for a number of weeks. A veterinarian examined Buddy in Might and located him constructive for the virus.

The US Division of Agriculture reported in June {that a} German shepherd in New York state was the primary canine within the nation to check constructive for COVID-19, however didn’t establish the homeowners.

Buddy’s well being declined steadily after he developed respiratory issues and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanised on July 11 after he began vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys instructed Nationwide Geographic.

It’s unknown if the coronavirus performed a task in his demise. Blood assessments indicated Buddy seemingly had lymphoma, a most cancers of the immune system, veterinarians instructed the family.

A spokesman for the New York Metropolis Division of Well being mentioned preparations have been made to take the canine’s physique for a necropsy however when the directions have been shared with the veterinarian, the physique had already been cremated.

A USDA database of confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in animals in the US contains 12 canines, 10 cats, a tiger and a lion. The company says there may be presently no proof that animals play a big function in spreading the coronavirus but it surely seems the virus can unfold from individuals to animals in some conditions.

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