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Vets diagnose sick dog with kennel cough, but owner thinks it was coronavirus

An owner thinks her dog had coronavirus earlier this year, although the veterinary community thinks otherwise. She now wants the pooch tested to see if she's right.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 04/08/2020, 18:00

Mushka the Alaskan Malamute began coughing back in March. Then a few days later the poor pooch developed breathing problems.

Mushka started coughing

His dog mum, Mandy Hayes, rushed her fur baby to the vet, who diagnosed Mushka with a bad case of kennel cough and lungworm.

He even suggested putting Mushka to sleep. But Mandy refused, and the brave hound made a full recovery thanks to a course of steroids and lots of TLC.

But Mandy is still not convinced by the original diagnosis. In fact, she thinks her dog had coronavirus.

Speaking to the Sun, Mandy said:

"I know he had it. We nearly lost him."

She now wants the vet to perform a COVID-19 test on Mushka.

Here's everything you need to know about kennel cough in dogs.

But what do the experts think?

At the beginning of the outbreak scientists confirmed that the virus could not pass between humans and pets.

Mandy could be right

But several dogs have since tested positive for COVID-19 after close contact with infected humans. And last week UK government officials confirmed the first feline case of coronavirus.

But health chiefs have urged UK pet owners not to panic. There's still no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to humans.

And like Mushka, the COVID-19 kitty made a full recovery.

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