Dog in South Carolina Euthanized after Testing Positive for COVID-19

A dog in South Carolina has been put down after testing positive for COVID-19...

That's according to officials at Clemson University, who say a veterinarian decided to test the shepherd mix after its owner was recently diagnosed with the coronavirus. The vet, Dr. Boyd Parr, says he also found out that the dog had a chronic health condition, which led to his decision to euthanize the pet.

“Based on current knowledge, there continues to be no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people,” Parr said. “It remains a good idea to restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you do with other people, if you are infected with COVID-19 in order to protect them from exposure to the virus as recommended by the CDC.”

Although the incident marks the first time an animal in South Carolina has tested positive for the coronavirus, a dog in Fort Worth, Texas, and two cats in New York were also diagnosed earlier in the year.

Read the full story on the New York Post.

For more information about the virus in animals, as well as recommendations for pet owners, click HERE.

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