Clemson University officials announced that a dog needed to be euthanized after it tested positive for coronavirus early this month.
A private veterinarian agreed to check the puppy, an 8-or-9-year-old shepherd mix, after discovering that one of its owners had the virus, Dr. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson Livestock Poultry Safety, said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the statement, findings by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed that the dog had the virus on 9 July.
The findings also revealed a serious health problem for the dog — which resulted in the decision to euthanize it.
FDA warned said that humans can possibly spread the coronavirus to their pets.
But “based on current knowledge, there continues to be no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people,” Parr said.
“It remains a good idea to restrict contact with your pets and other animals,” the doctor added. “Just like you do with other people, if you are infected with COVID-19 in order to protect them from exposure to the virus as recommended by the CDC.”