Buddy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd from Staten Island, New York, who was the first dog to be tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S., died on July 11th. After three months of illness, National Geographic reports.
It is unclear whether Buddy died of a coronavirus complication he most likely caught from his owner Roberto Mahoney – who was positive this spring, or died of lymphoma.
Two veterinarians who were not part of his treatment but reviewed Buddy̵7;s medical records at National Geographic told the publication that the dog was most likely to have cancer.
Virus infection: The dog fell ill in April and Mahoney suspected he had the virus, but it was not until mid-May that the family finally found a veterinarian who would test him and who confirmed that Buddy was infected.
You tell people your dog has been positive and they are looking at you [as if you have] ten heads, ”Allison, the owner and wife of Robert Mahoney, told the magazine.
Until June 2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the Buddy was the first dog to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S.
Some context: The USDA has confirmed that fewer than 25 dogs and cats are infected with the coronavirus in the United States.
There is no mandatory testing requirement for animals living in homes with Covid-19-positive people, so it is not known how many pets can be infected in the United States and whether those at higher risk are similar to those in humans.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines for caring for a pet with Covid-19, but it does not include information on testing or information collection for veterinarians because there is still no reliable data on how the virus affects pets.