Dog Dies Due to Respiratory Illness After Testing Positive for COVID-19


According to ABC, a dog has died due to a respiratory illness after testing positive for COVID-19. ~

The dog, who had been demonstrating signs of respiratory distress, was “brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on Aug. 3 after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day,” said the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in a press release. The dog ended up dying due to acute illness and the owner alerted the veterinary hospital that a member of the family had tested positive for COVID-19. According to NCDHHS, samples from the animal were then collected to be tested for the novel coronavirus and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories where the dog was confirmed to have had COVID-19. ~

According to the CDC, A small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with the virus in several countries, including the United States. Most of these pets became sick after contact with people with COVID-19. Furthermore, several lions and tigers at the New York Zoo have tested positive and have shown signs of respiratory illness. Recent research shows that ferrets, cats, and golden Syrian hamsters can be experimentally infected with the virus and can spread the infection to other animals of the same species in laboratory settings. ~

State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes, speaking in the NCDHHS statement, said, “There is no indication at this time that dogs can transmit the virus to other animals, so there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.” Additionally, the CDC says that there is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in the spreading of COVID-19. “Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low,” said Dr. Carl Williams, North Carolina State Public Health Veterinarian. ~


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