The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting their first case of SARS-CoV-2 in a dog in the state.
On Aug. 3, an owner took their pet to the NC State Veterinary Hospital. The dog had signs of respiratory distress and died from his illness, a news release said.
The owner told the hospital that a family member had previously tested positive for Covid-19.
The dog was tested and was positive for SARS-COV-2, the agency said.
“There is no indication at this time that dogs can transmit the virus to other animals, so there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes.
A necropsy was performed and the state is investigating any contributing factors to the dog’s death.
The state did not provide any additional information on the dog and its owners.