COVID-19 Positive Dog Dies
The first dog in the United States to test positive for COVID-19 has died. According to a report from National Geographic, his owners decided to put him down after two months of struggling to treat his symptoms.
The 17-year-old New York City pooch tested positive in April. His owners said he lost weight, struggled to breathe, and was lethargic. Buddy was treated by multiple veterinarians and received several medications. None of the treatments helped.
Can Humans Catch COVID From Animals?
Animals can pick the virus up from humans and transmit it to other animals within their species. The WHO said studies showed that animals cannot spread the virus to humans. However, they did admit that farm-raised minks have come down with the virus. They appeared to have caught it from farmworkers and later spread the disease to people. This is the only known cause of an animal to human spread.
The CDC recommends that pets also practice social distancing and have as little contact as possible with people outside your household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible and do not let them roam freely outside.
- Walk dogs on a leash at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
- Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
One thing you should not do is attempt to put a mask on your pet. If you come down with COVID-19, experts suggest you limit contact with your animals.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food, and sleeping in the same bed.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
If your pet becomes sick, no not take it to the vet yourself.