A friend of a German shepherd died. He was the first domestic dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus disease caused by COVID-19.
After months of illness, its owners and veterinarian made a difficult decision to convict him, according to an exclusive report from National Geographic. The beloved dog died on July 11 on Staten Island, New York.
The buddy first showed symptoms of the virus in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He tried to breathe, lost weight and became more and more sweet. After numerous visits to three different veterinarians, heart medications, steroids, and other medical interventions, the buddy was finally tested for COVID-19 on May 15th.
However, only on June 2. The New York Department of Health called the Mahoneians to tell them that their dog was indeed infected with the virus.
“You tell people your dog was positive, and they look at you (as if you have) ten heads,” Allison Mahoney told National Geographic.
On the morning of his death, Buddy poured a clot into the kitchen. Based on the blood, the veterinarians found that there was almost certainly a lymphoma, and the family knew nothing could be done.
Buddy’s family and doctors could not confirm whether his life was eventually taken by lymphoma or a virus.
Recommendations from veterinary groups, including the American Association of Veterinary Medicine, have hardly changed since early June: pets do not appear to be easily infected with coronavirus, and no evidence has been found to suggest that animals can transmit the disease to humans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of approved SARS-CoV-2 for animals each time it is found in a different species. To date, the list has consisted of more than two dozen animals.
“My pet was like my son,” Allison Mahoney told National Geographic. When he walked in front of me, he had blood all over his paws. I cleaned it up before going to the vet and stayed with him in the back seat. I said, “I will have to hear your voice to all our furious friends. Your voice will be heard, buddy.
The surviving family dog Duke test was positive for antibodies, but he was never sick. Mahoneys told National Geographic that it hopes to collect Buddy’s ashes this week. To learn more about this story, visit natgeo.com.
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