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Animals Can Get COVID, too

Cats, dogs and other pets can carry the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). These infections happen after the animals are in close contact with humans who have the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also reports that some dogs and cats are positive for COVID-19.

Like humans, infected pets can get sick from the disease. But some animals don’t get sick. The CDC says most pets sick with COVID have a minor case. These animals usually recover completely.

The first dog with coronavirus in the United States died on July 30, 2020.

The dog’s name was Buddy. He was a 7-year-old German shepherd. He lived in New York. He became sick in April. His owner was also sick from the coronavirus. Buddy had the same symptoms as human patients. Buddy had problems breathing.

Buddy was euthanized. The family decided to end his life because he had other serious health problems. Buddy also had lymphoma, a blood cancer.

Veterinarians are doctors for animals. Veterinarians say that animals can die from complications from COVID just like humans.