A North Carolina dog, Winston has become the first American known dog to test positive for the novel Coronavirus after a tiger also tested positive over a month ago in New York.

The pug belongs to a family which had all members tested for the Coronavirus by Duke University. The owners of the dog, the McLeans were tested as part of a study being conducted by the University.

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Heather and Samuel, wife and husband, and their son, Ben tested positive for the virus while their daughter, Sydney, their cat and another dog tested negative.

“They all came out to our house and did blood samples. For the humans, they swabbed our noses as well as our mouths, and for the animals they did oral swabs for both dogs and the cat,” Heather said.

Heather, the family’s mother is a pediatrician at the Duke University while her husband, Samuel works at the UNC Hospitals emergency room.

The lead investigator in charge of the Duke study, Dr Chris Woods believes Winston is the first dog in America to test positive for the virus.

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Heather said the dog started experiencing mild symptoms of the Coronavirus few days before he tested positive. She said it is understandable the dog tested positive since the McLeans always put their face in Winston’s face. Winston also licks all the plates in the house after they finish eating.

“Pugs are a little unusual in that they cough and sneeze in a very strange way 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,” Heather explained.

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