A U.S. family from North Carolina has taken part in the Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection (MESSI) study and discovered that one of their dogs had COVID-19.
Winston the pug is now considered to be the first known dog with Coronavirus. Almost all of his owners tested positive as well, reports The CBS. Since Winston licks from their plates and cuddles with them in bed, it is most likely he contacted the virus through human-to-animal transmission.
However, Winston’s symptoms are mild and he doesn’t appear to be in any danger, the WRAL-TV reports.
The CBS quotes Dr. Chris Woods, the lead MESSI investigator at Duke University:
“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog. Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exposure.”
Other pets from the same household, including their second dog and a cat, tested negative. The domestic lizard was not tested at all.