A three-month-old Connecticut dog has died of COVID-19.

The chance of a human passing the virus to animals is rare. Still, according to research findings at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) at the University of Connecticut, it is possible.

The three-month-old puppy died suddenly and was taken to CVMDL for necropsy. Even though the dog showed no symptoms of COVID-19, the postmortem examination proved the dog had died from the virus.

The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 or better known as COVID-19.

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According to an article on the WTNH website, over 100 dogs and cats have tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. How can you tell if your dog has COVID-19? There are 9 signs to watch out for, according to the CDC. Click on this link for the nine signs to watch out for if you think your dog might have COVID-19.

The CDC also provides a list of 'What to Do If Your Pet Gets Sick' on their website at cdc.gov. According to an article on the website avma.org dated March 2, 2021, dogs and cats are not easily infected under natural conditions. There is no evidence that infected cats or dogs spread the virus to other animals or people.

The same website states that there is no reason to remove your pet from the home where someone has become infected with the virus unless the pet cannot be cared for appropriately.

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