The Mahoneys say, Buddy, their 6-year-old German Shepherd, started having trouble breathing in mid-April.
On Easter, Robert Mahoney received the phone call confirming it was a positive test for the virus.
He had been treating the symptoms for weeks and during that time Buddy developed thick mucus in his nose and began to breathe heavily.
The family says little was known about the virus in animals and that much of the response was focused on rescuing human life which was difficult for Buddy to test.
As they sought a veterinarian to test him for COVID-19, Buddy’s condition continued to deteriorate.
They say he lost weight and became lethargic.
Buddy was put on antibiotics, and later, steroids after other tests found a heart murmur.
She had family for a month, but Bay Street Animal Hospital finally agreed to give Buddy a test, which turned out positive.
The other dog in the family, a 10-month-old German Shepherd named Duke, was also tested.
Its results were again negative.
Additional testing for just five days showed the virus was no longer in Buddy’s system, although he had the antibodies, which confirmed he had the virus.
However after his diagnosis, Buddy continued to get worse.
The Mahoneys say about every two weeks a new problem arises; he could no longer control his bladder and his urine was bloody, his breathing grew much heavier, and then he developed trouble walking.
On the morning of July 11, Allison Mahoney found Buddy in the kitchen shedding clotted blood.
“It looked like it was his insides coming out. He had everything. It came from his nose and mouth. We knew nothing of what could be done for him from there. What would you do for a dog with that? But he had r the will to live. He didn’t want to go, “Allison told National Geographic.
She and her husband rushed Buddy over to the vet, and they made the decision to yell at him.
New blood work on the day Buddy was euthanized showed he probably had lymphoma, a type of cancer.
The family says the most confusing part of it was the fact that no one seemed interested in learning from Buddy’s death or studying what role COVID-19 played in it, given how few cases have been confirmed in animals. .
National Geographic also points out that Buddy’s death highlights the fact that animal testing reporting is not mandatory and not widely shared, so there is currently not enough data to know if, say, humans are animals. with pre-existing conditions they are more likely to contract the virus.
The Mahoneys say they are confident the Bay Street team did their best for Buddy.
“I think they’re learning too. It’s all trial and error. And they tried to help us in the best way they could,” Allison told National Geographic.
The Mahoneys have chosen to have Buddy cremated and hope to pick up his ashes this week.
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