Austin, Texas – A dog from North Texas was found to have confirmed the first coronavirus infection in an animal in Texas.
The Texas Animal Health Commission announced in a statement that it has been confirmed that the dog in the Fort Worth region has the virus that causes COVID-19.
A private veterinarian tested the pooch on Tuesday, as a precaution, after it was confirmed that its owners had COVID-19. The veterinarian reported that the 2-year-old dog was otherwise healthy, according to the commission.
The dog is not the first animal in the nation to test positive for the corona virus. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website for animal and plant health inspection, ten more animals tested positive for the virus.
The state veterinarian Dr. Andy Schwartz assured that there is no known evidence that pets can transmit the virus, but they can catch it. He advised excluding pets from contact with people with the coronavirus.
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