Tyler, the dog, was crying and whining when she woke up from her nap on January 7th, 2020, but her mother was shocked to learn that she had been having trouble breathing and had a stroke the following morning.
The family decided to put Tyler down because she was “losing her ability to breathe” and because her heart rate was rising, according to ABC News.
Tyler and her family were not the only dog to experience this side effect.
According to a study published in the journal Animal Behavior and Physiology in 2017, dogs who suffered from COVID-19 had a 15% to 22% higher risk of sudden death than those who had not.
The researchers found that dogs with respiratory distress had a 16% to 18% higher rate of sudden mortality, while those who were breathing normally had a 6% to 11% higher mortality rate.
It wasn’t until December 2019 that Tyler’s mother revealed the story of the puppy crying in front of her face, which was followed by a barrage of comments on Facebook.
“I had a puppy crying and crying and I couldn’t do anything about it,” she wrote.
“I just cried.”
The family took Tyler to the vet, who said that Tyler had a COVID, but they were unable to save her life.
The news of Tyler’s condition spurred a lot of discussion on the Internet, with some commenters saying that the dog should have been euthanized.
While Tyler was in a medically induced coma for two months, the family decided not to euthanize the dog because they felt that she would eventually recover.
However, the story has been shared a few times on social media and the hashtag #puppycrying has been trending on Twitter.
One woman wrote, “What happened to your dog?
Is she a hero?”
Others questioned the need to euthonize a dog because it is not considered an animal, according.
This article has been updated with comments from the family of Tyler, who was a puppy, not a human.