Pet pooch could be the first dog in Britain to have contracted coronavirus

A PET pooch could be the first dog in Britain to have contracted Covid-19.

Mushka the Alaskan malamute was hit with breathing problems and a dry cough in March.

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Vets diagnosed kennel cough and lung worm and wanted to put the ten-year-old dog down.

Owner Mandy Hayes, 60, refused and Mushka recovered after being treated with steroids.

She wants the hound tested to show he caught the virus from her.

Retired store boss Mandy said: “I know he had it. We nearly lost him.”

Mandy, of Gravesend, Kent, said: “More owners need to be made aware it is being proven cats and dogs can contract coronavirus from humans.”

Last week, a cat was the first in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus.

The feline was diagnosed with the infection after its owner also tested positive for the deadly bug, the government announced last week.

Health chiefs urged Brits not to panic – as there's no evidence to suggest pets can transmit the virus to humans.

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