A family dog that made headlines last month as the first dog to test positive for coronavirus in the United States has died.
In mid-April, Buddy, a seven-year – old German Shepherd from Staten Island , New York, first started to exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness.
The US Department of Agriculture reported on June 2, that COVID-19 had been tested positively to COVID-19. Previous to this, three cats had tested positive for the virus.
By total, fewer than 25 pets contracted the virus in the United States.
Buddy’s name wasn’t identified until now. His family talked to National Geographic, announcing he died on 11 July.
“You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look at you (as if you have) ten heads,” Allison Mahoney told National Geographic.
“(Buddy) was the love of our lives. He brought joy to everybody. I can’t wrap my head around it.”
Buddy, who the owners claim had never before been sick, developed a thick mucus in his nose and began breathing heavily.
The dog’s health continued to worsen following subsequent negative results showing that the virus was no longer present.
He started uncontrollably urinating, had blood in his urine and finally had trouble walking.
On the morning of 11 July, Ms Mahoney found Buddy vomiting clotted blood in the kitchen.
He was rushed him to the vet, but the owners made the decision to euthanise him.