Buddy’s health declined steadily after developing breathing problems and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanized on July 11 after vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys told National Geographic.
It is not known whether the coronavirus played a role in his death. Blood tests found that Buddy likely had lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system, vets told the family.
A New York City Department of Health spokesman said arrangements were made to take the dog’s body for a section, but when instructions were shared with the vet, the body was already cremated.
A USDA database of confirmed coronavirus cases in animals in the United States includes 12 dogs, 10 cats, a tiger, and a lion. The agency says there is currently no evidence that animals play an important role in the spread of the coronavirus, but it appears that the virus can spread from human to animal in some situations.