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In a previous article, I already discussed the Pomeranian in China that test positive for COVID-19. However, there have been lots of news stories about another dog testing positive in the United States. I want to share the information that I know about it so that dog parents can be aware, but remember, there’s no need to panic. I just feel that it’s better to know what’s going on than to ignore it.
Did a Pug Test Positive?
The simple answer is yes. A Pug in North Carolina tested positive for the coronavirus, and it has been all over the news lately. His family was part of a COVID-19 study, which is the only reason the dog named Winston was tested.
All of Winston’s human family members tested positive for COVID-19, so the animals were tested too. Winston tested positive, but a cat and another dog in the family did not. Winston showed minor symptoms, such as a small cough, but it didn’t seem to affect him the same way it does for humans.
Winston is very close to his humans. He sleeps in bed with them and often licks their plates clean after meals. His family thinks this is why the virus was detected on him.
However, even though Winston tested positive, medical officials do not believe that dogs can transmit the disease to humans. The virus doesn’t affect humans and dogs the same, so there is no need to panic at this time.
Winston is the first dog in the United States to test positive, but very few animals have been tested. There aren’t even enough tests for all humans, so they unfortunately can’t test many dogs either. So, nothing is certain at this time.
How Should We React to This?
The main reason I wanted to bring this up was so that dog parents can be aware. However, I also wanted to discuss it after seeing some of the reactions to this article.
One of Molly’s co-workers at iHeartDogs wrote an article about this topic. They posted it so that dog parents could be educated about how the virus could potentially affect dogs. But instead of reading the article, many dog parents lashed out at the idea of a dog having the coronavirus. Many called the article “fake” and “click bait” even though it was never intended to be that way.
The main response that nearly every comment said was along these lines: “How dare iHeartDogs post this? Now dog parents are going to abandon their dogs because of this!”.
Will some humans abandon their dogs in fear? It’s possible. However, if you’re willing to abandon your dog after reading one article, then I think there’s a much bigger issue in this world. If anyone is willing to give up their dog that easily, then they probably shouldn’t have a dog in the first place.
Even if dogs can get the coronavirus, why would you get rid of them? After all, you wouldn’t abandon your human children if they got sick. Instead, you would just take extra precautions to keep them safe. The same should be true for your dog.
My advice for this situation is to just take extra precautions. Don’t act in a way that you’ll regret later. And please, don’t leave rude comments on articles. Most humans (and dogs like me) write to inform others about things. Think before you get angry at one news article.
If you do show symptoms of the coronavirus, it’s best to not only isolate yourself from people, but if possible, you should keep a distance from your dog too. I know it might be hard, but if there’s a chance they could get sick too, it’s better not to risk it. Stay safe, everyone!
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