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AUSTIN, Texas– A North Texas pet has been discovered to have the first coronavirus infection confirmed in a Texas animal, state authorities said.
The Texas Animal Health Commission announced in a statement that the Fort Worth-area pet dog was confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19.
A private veterinarian evaluated the pooch Tuesday as a preventative measure after its owners were verified to have COVID-19. The veterinarian reported the 2-year-old dog is otherwise healthy, according to the commission statement.
The pet dog is not the first animal in the nation to evaluate positive for the coronavirus. 10 other animals have tested favorable for the virus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.
State Veterinarian Dr. Andy Schwartz assured that there is no recognized proof that family pets can send the virus, however they can capture it. He advised that family pets be restricted from contact with individuals with the coronavirus.