North Carolina Pug Catches Covid-19

Owners realized something was wrong after pug did not want to eat.

NBC news reported that a pug in North Carolina has tested positive for Covid-19. This may be the first case for a dog in the United States.

Winston the pug along with his family were apart of a Duke University study in which the whole family was tested for Covid-19. Out of the McCleans family, the mother, father and ,son tested positive for the virus as well as Winston the pug. The daughter of the McCleans tested negative along with two of the family pets.

Heather McClean said that Winston has shown mild symptoms, ““Pugs are a little unusual in that they cough and sneeze in a very strange way,” she said. “So it almost seems like he was gagging, and there was one day when he didn’t want to eat his breakfast, and if you know pugs, you know they love to eat, so that seemed very unusual.”

The son claims that Winston licks the family’s dinner plates and sleeps in his mother’s bed, which may have been how the pug caught Covid-19. The CDC pet guidelines say that there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus but pet owners should keep them away from other pets and people.