A four-year-old Italian greyhound in Paris is apparently the initial domestic dog infected with the monkeypox virus. Researchers reported that the pet broke out in suspicious blisters 12 days following its owners developed pus-filled lesions. Studies confirmed that exactly the same strain of monkeypox infected among the two men and their dog.
Given the closeness we tell our pets, this is not unexpected, says Colin Parrish, a professor of veterinary virology at Cornell University who studies newly emerging canine viruses. Its been a theoretical risk because we pet and kiss our dogs, cuddle them on our laps, and share food using them. They lick us and frequently sleep around, because the greyhound did along with his owners, Parrish notes.