KEY POINTS

  • 6-year-old mixed-breed dog is the second dog knows that a positive test result for SARS-cov-2 in USA
  • Canines have experienced a sudden neurological illness, then it had to be put down
  • Owners of dogs recently tested positive for the deadly virus

The Department of health of Georgia, confirmed on Wednesday (July 1) that the dog in the state has become the second confirmed case of the syndrome in Dogs in the United States.

“Georgia Department of public health (DPH) in cooperation with the Georgia Department of agriculture, the University of Georgia, College of veterinary medicine, the centers for control and prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of agriculture (USDA) confirms SARS-cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 dog. This is only the second dog is known to test positive for SARS-cov-2 in USA” the Department said in a statement.

Canines have experienced a sudden neurological illness, then it had to be put down. Owners of dogs recently tested positive for the deadly virus.

“6-year-old mixed breed dog developed sudden onset of neurological disease which progressed rapidly over several days, and was humanely euthanized. Owners of dogs recently tested positive for COVID-19, but the dog had no signs of respiratory disease. Out of an abundance of caution, and SARS-cov-2 test was carried out on the dog. The alleged positive result was confirmed by the National laboratory for USDA veterinary services. While the dog did test positive for the SARS-cov-2, a progressive neurological disease was caused by another condition”, the statement said.

German shepherd in new York was the first dog to test positive for the virus in the U.S. Department of agriculture (USDA) to confirmed in early June that SARS-cov-2 test was conducted to Fang after it “showed signs of respiratory disease.”The owner of the dog was positive for the virus before the dog showed signs.

“Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to humans is considered low. There is no reason to take action against companion animals that can endanger their well-being,” the Department said in a statement.

Meanwhile, COVID-19-positive people with Pets at home asking that someone else take care of the animals and avoid contact with pet, including petting and sleeping in the same bed.

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