The Mahogans say their 6-year-old German Shepherd Buddy in April. It started to breathe in the middle.
During Easter, Robert Mahoney received a call confirming that the virus test was positive.
He treated the symptoms for a few weeks and during that time Buddy developed thick mucus in his nose and began to breathe.
The family says so little was known about the virus in the animals, and the response was focused on saving human lives that it was difficult to test Buddy.
When they looked for a veterinarian to check for COVID-19, Buddy’s condition continued to deteriorate.
They say he lost weight and became drowsy.
The buddy was prescribed antibiotics, and later steroids detected heart murmurs after other tests.
The family took a month, but Bay Street Animal Hospital finally agreed to take the Buddy test, which was positive again.
Another family dog, a 10-month-old German Shepherd named Duke, was also tested.
His results were negative again.
Additional tests only after five days showed that the virus was no longer in Buddy’s system, even though he had antibodies confirming that he had the virus.
Even after the diagnosis, Buddy kept getting worse.
The little ones say a new problem would arise about every two weeks; he could no longer control the bladder and the urine was bloody, the breathing became much harder, then it became difficult for him to walk.
On the morning of July 11, Allison Mahoney found a clot spilling in Buddy’s kitchen.
“It seemed like his inside was coming out. He had it all. It was spreading from his nose and mouth. We knew nothing could be done about him. What were you going to do with the dog? But he had a desire to live. He didn’t want to go.” National Geographic, ”Allison said.
She and her husband rushed Buddy to the vet, and they made the decision to destroy him.
A new blood job the day your friend was replaced showed that he most likely had lymphoma, a cancer.
The family says the most confusing part was that no one found it interesting to learn from Buddy’s death or to find out what role COVID-19 played in it, given how many cases occurred in the animals.
National Geographic also points out that Buddy’s death highlights the fact that reporting animal testing is not mandatory and is not widely shared, so there is currently not enough data to know whether, say, humans, animals in the past , are more likely to be infected with the virus.
The Mahogans say they are confident the Bay Street team has done everything best for their friends.
“I think they’re learning, too. It’s all a trial and error. And they tried to help us as best they could,” Allison told National Geographic.
The Mahonites have chosen to have Buddy cremated, and they hope to collect his ashes this week.
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