Buddy, a 7-year-old German shepherd from Staten Island in New York, was the first dog to test positive for coronavirus in the United States. According to National Geographic, he died on July 11 after three months of illness.
It is unclear whether Boddy died from complications of coronovirus that he likely caught from his boss Robert Mahoney, who tested positive this spring, or whether he died of lymphoma.
Two veterinarians who were not part of her treatment, but who reviewed Buddy’s medical records for National Geographic, told the publication that the dog probably had cancer.
“It is unclear whether the cancer made him more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus, or if the virus made him ill, or if it was just a matter of coincidence time,” the magazine reported.
The dog became ill in April and Mahoney suspected he had the virus, but it wasn’t until mid-May that the family finally found a vet who would test him and who confirmed that Buddy was infected.
“You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look (as if you have ten heads),” Allison, the owner and wife of Robert Mahoney, told the magazine.
As of June 2, the US Department of Agriculture confirmed that Buddy was the first dog to test positive for coronovirus in the US.
The USDA reported at the time, “After taking samples from the dog he saw symptoms of respiratory disease.” “The dog is expected to fully recover.”
but that did not happen. Buddy’s health continued to deteriorate. By 11 July, Allison Mahoney told National Geographic, she found that Buddy had a blood clot.
“It looked like it was coming out of him. He had it all. It was coming from his nose and mouth. We knew that nothing could be done for him from there. You a What are the dogs going to do. This? But he had a desire to live. He didn’t want to go, “she said. Mahas decided that the time had come to please his beloved dog.
According to the USDA, fewer than 25 dogs and cats are confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus in the US.
No mandatory testing is required for animals living in homes with Kovid-19 positives, so it is unknown how many pets can be infected in the US and whether people with underlying health conditions similar to humans are at high risk Can occur.
According to National Geographic’s report, the second dog to test positive in Georgia in the US, and the sixth dog in South Carolina, have both been killed, and their deaths have been attributed to other conditions.
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance for the care of a pet with Kovid-19, but does not include information about veterinarians’ testing or information collection because there is still no solid data that How does the virus affect pets.
National Geographic has discouraged the Mahani family from the loss of Buddy, and is frustrated with the diagnosis of canine and the struggle for his care.
“(Buddy) was the love of our lives. … He brought happiness to everyone. I can’t wrap my head around him,” said Alison Maithani.