A dog in Texas has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed animal in the state to be infected with the virus, officials said on Wednesday.
A private veterinarian decided to test the 2-year-old Fort Worth-area canine for the virus on July 7 as a precautionary measure after its owners were confirmed to have COVID-19, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).
“Based on current knowledge, there is no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading SARS-CoV-2 to people,” State Veterinarian, Dr. Andy Schwartz said. “It’s always important to restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would other people, if you are infected with COVID-19 in order to protect them from infection.”
Havanese dog Brooklyn, who is not dog with virus, walks around the Shoals Sound & Service vegan restaurant as his owner Omar Yeefoon works is in the establishment Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)