Covid positive dog dies

Covid positive dog passes away after showing signs of respiratory distress

A dog who tested positive for Covid-19 passed away after showing signs of respiratory distress. As reported by WBTV News, the dog likely contracted the virus from a family member who had tested positive for Covid-19, and then tested negative.

In a press release, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services detailed what happened:

On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a client arrived at the NC State Veterinary Hospital with their dog who was demonstrating signs of respiratory distress with onset earlier that day. The dog, unfortunately, succumbed to its acute illness. The client alerted staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and later was tested negative.

Adding:

A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s state of health at the time of death and the cause of death, and the complete investigation is ongoing. The NC State Veterinary Hospital staff notified the family and state health officials from NCDHHS and the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) of the positive test result.

While humans face little risk of contracting Covid from their pets, the recent dog death in North Carolina suggests that animals can get sick and die from their human counterparts. Carl Williams, State Public Health Veterinarian stated:

“Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low.”

State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes added:

“There is no indication at this time that dogs can transmit the virus to other animals, so there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare.”

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