The SARS-CoV-2 virus was confirmed by both the hospital laboratory and by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories. The canines cause of death is still undetermined.
” Based on the details offered, the risk of animals spreading the infection to people is considered to be low,” State Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Carl Williams said in a statement.
Still, state and federal authorities prepare to assess other family pets in the home of the canine that died to determine if pet-to-pet transmission might have taken place.
” There is no sign at this time that dogs can transmit the virus to other animals, so there is no reason in taking measures versus companion animals that might jeopardize their welfare,” State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes said.
Raleigh, N.C.– State officials on Tuesday reported the very first verified case of coronavirus in a pet that passed away last week at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Medical Facility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, there is no proof that animals play a significant role in spreading the infection.
In April, a pug n Chapel Hill was thought to have actually evaluated positive for the virus in one of the first cases in the U.S. of a family animal with the virus. However further screening later revealed that the pet likely never had the virus.
The dog was taken to N.C. State on Aug. 3 after revealing indications of breathing distress, officials stated. The owner informed staff at the veterinary health center that a household member had previously evaluated favorable for coronavirus.
If animal owners are concerned about the health of their canine, officials said, they must call their veterinarian and talk about the pets symptoms prior to bringing them to the vet office.