Bentley, the cute King Charles Spaniel owned by Ebola-stricken Texas nurse Nina Pham, 26, seems to be thriving under quarantine – cared for by Dallas workers in full protective gear.
They are feeding him, playing with him, showering him with attention and affection. He is being monitored under a 21-day quarantine.
His owner was transferred last week from Dallas to the National Institute of Health in Maryland.
“[Bentley] is doing well. He’s sleeping well. He’s eating well,” said C.C. Gonzalez-Kurz, public information officer for the city of Dallas, which has custody of Bentley.
There have been no documented cases of Ebola transmission between dogs and humans.
Officials are trying to learn how to treat pets of Ebola patients. Bentley is at the forefront as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepare pet protocols.
According to Christine Hoang, a veterinarian who is an assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the experts are preparing their recommendations and the protocol could be ready as soon as next week.
In Spain, Excalibur, the dog belonging to a nurse ill with Ebola, was euthanized in spite of a worldwide outcry from dog lovers.
Dallas officials have vowed that Bentley will not be euthanized. Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins said,
“When I met with her parents, they said, ‘This dog is important to her, judge. Don’t let anything happen to the dog.'"