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First dog in the U.S. dies from COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about pets and coronavirus spread

Buddy, a German shepherd from Staten Island, N.Y. is the first American dog to die after contracting the coronavirus, months after he was first diagnosed.

According to the American Humane Society, the dog contracted the virus after living in a household with family members who tested positive for COVID-19.

Buddy, who was euthanized on July 11, became symptomatic in April with lethargy, weight loss and breathing troubles, according to National Geographic. Owners Robert (who tested positive for COVID-19) and Allison Mahoney took him to different veterinarians who diagnosed the 7-year-old dog with COVID-19 on May 15. “You tell people

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As a quarter of UK native mammals face extinction, here’s how your garden can help

Here's how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent
Here’s how to ensure your garden is wildlife-friendly to help endangered animals thrive: iStock/The Independent

According to the Mammal Society, a UK charity supporting mammal conservation, 11 of 47 animals native to Britain are at risk of becoming extinct “imminently”.

In the first official Red List for British mammals, creatures most at risk include hedgehogs, red squirrel, water voles, hazel dormouse and the grey long-eared bat.

The list has been authorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which identifies globally endangered species such as tigers and elephants.

Habitat loss, degradation, historical persecution and invasive non-native species

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Supporting social & emotional development in early childhood: Here’s what to know

Focusing on social and emotional skills in kids ages 5-8 builds empathy, kindness and responsible decision making while enhancing their peer relationships. Here are some important social skills in early elementary school.


Self-awareness is knowing your emotions, strengths and challenges, and how your emotions affect your behavior and decisions.

How to talk to your child about what feelings look like:

While watching TV or reading a book, ask your child, “What do you think this character is feeling? How does his face look when he feels that way?” You can follow that with, “Show me what happy looks like

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Squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague. Here’s what you need to know

A squirrel in Morrison, Colorado tested positive for the bubonic plague, according to an announcement made by county health officials on Sunday.

The disease, which is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, can affect humans, household pets and wild animals alike.

Lawrence Stanberry, director of the programs in global health at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York said that the chances of a squirrel being positive for the virus affecting humans would be very low.

“I’ve personally never even heard of a squirrel acquiring plague, but for (squirrels) to go on to be transmitters is

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Pets can get coronavirus, CDC warns. Here’s what public health officials say to do

House pets can get infected with the coronavirus, public health officials say, but the illness is normally mild in animals and none have died.

Officials say there’s not a lot of information on pets and coronavirus as the world works to respond to the pandemic. But they say the risk is low that dogs and cats could pass the virus to humans.

“A small number of pets (cats and dogs) have been confirmed to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with a person with COVID-19,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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