The global pandemic issue caused by the Novel Coronavirus made a lot of governments force their constituents to stay home. This was made mandatory to curb the spread of the virus and the increasing number of patients. However, it’s not only humans who are severely affected by the pandemic. Our pets are too.
Our pooches may not seem as worried in regards to the events happening all over the globe. But just like us, they are also in danger of being infected by the virus. That’s why in times like these, it’s up to the owners and other concerned individuals to save these poor pets and keep them away from harm.
The viral dog thought to have COVID-19
Winston was the first dog in the US that people believed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. The poor pug lived with a fellow pup along with their owners. Two of the pooches’ owners exhibited signs of COVID-19. However, a total of three of them tested positive.
The two pups also underwent testing. Of the two dogs, only Winston showed signs of respiratory illnesses. The other pooch had antibodies despite not showing any signs of possible COVID-19 infection.
The findings in the test
The pet owners, Heather and Sam McLean, and their son, tested positive for COVID-19 last March. After learning about the pets, the National Veterinary Services were quick to test Winston. However, they came back with rather unsatisfactory results since, according to them, they weren’t really able to confirm infection.
Lyndsay Cole, the agency’s representative, said that the weak detection might be caused by the COVID-19-infected home. However, a veterinary microbiology professor at the University of Pennsylvania said that there may have been problems with how the lab handled the specimen from the pooch.
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