A mysterious respiratory illness has been affecting dogs in multiple states across the country. The illness, which is still under investigation, has caused concern among dog owners and veterinarians alike.
The symptoms of the illness are similar to kennel cough, but can be more severe and last for a longer period of time. These symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty exercising
- Nasal discharge
- Eye discharge
- Weight loss
In some cases, the illness can lead to pneumonia. Such secondary infections can be fatal.
Veterinarians are still working to determine the cause of the illness. Some believe that it may be caused by a new strain of virus or bacteria. Others believe that it may be a combination of factors, including environmental exposure and stress.
There is no specific treatment for the illness, as it has been resistant to the antibiotics it has been tested against, but veterinarians can provide supportive care to help dogs recover. This may include fluids, antibiotics, and oxygen therapy.
How to Protect Your Pet
Dog owners can help protect their pets from the illness by taking some simple precautions. These include:
- Avoid places where dogs congregate, such as dog parks and doggy daycare
- Avoid boarding facilities and groomers
- Keep your dog up-to-date on vaccinations
- Wash your hands frequently after handling your dog
If you think your dog may be sick, it is important to contact your veterinarian right away.
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful as the situation evolves: