The first dog to be coronavirus positive in the United States died Wednesday.
The German shepherd, who was named Buddy and lived with his owners in a house on Staten Island in New York, died on July 11, according to the magazine.
The National Veterinary Laboratories of the Department of Agriculture reported in early June the first confirmed case of a dog infecting the virus in the United States, but details were not released.
Buddy tried to breathe in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He also probably had lymphoma, a type of cancer, National Geographic, which cited medical records provided by its owners and examined it by two veterinarians who were not involved in treating the dog.
The owners of the Buddy family, the Mahoney family, informed the news center that they were frustrated by health professionals who had not further demonstrated the possible links between COVID-19 and Buddy’s health problems.
They also described a confusing procedure, with less than 25 pets confirmed to have a coronavirus in the United States, while more than 4 million Americans were infected.
“You’re telling people your dog was positive and they’re looking at you.” [as if you have] ten heads, “Allison Mahoney told National Geographic. “[Buddy] was the love of our lives. … He brought joy to all. I can’t wrap my head around it. “