The first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has succumb to the virus. The dog had been showing signs of respiratory distress when the owner took it to the NC State Veterinary Hospital. The owner informed the doctor that a family member had tested positive for COVID-19, though later tested negative. A full investigation is underway around the cause of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus. “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,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
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