A potentially deadly disease in dogs is spreading across the United States
The disease begins as a cough, which can last several weeks, and does not respond to common treatments such as antibiotics. TODAY reported. This disease can develop into severe pneumonia. Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Veterinarians said today that some of the dogs have died from the disease. Most dogs with this disease had close contact with many other dogs at daycares, dog parks, and boarding facilities.
The cause of the disease has not been determined.
- Cough does not go away on its own even after a week
- nasal discharge and eye discharge
- difficulty breathing
- Gums turn blue or purple (because they don’t get enough oxygen)
What dog owners should do
From the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association:
- Seek medical attention for dogs showing symptoms
- Make sure all dogs are up to date on all vaccines, including canine influenza, Bordetella, and parainfluenza.
- For event organizers: Dogs must undergo a health check 12-24 hours prior to the event. Have her DVM on site check the dog for health issues (mild nasal discharge, cough, elevated body temperature, not eating).
- Before attending an event where dogs gather, consult your veterinarian for dog-specific advice.