Pet owners beware: Unusual respiratory illness in dogs investigated in CO

By jennyd on November 20, 2023
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Right before the holidays there is a new mysterious illness effecting DOGS in Colorado and it does not respond to antibiotics!


Here are some things to know:

  • Oregon, Colorado, and New Hampshire have seen cases of the illness
  • Illness causes lasting respiratory disease and pneumonia in dogs
  • Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, discharge, and lethargy
  • Disease progresses quickly, making dogs very sick within 24-36 hours
  • Veterinarians are unsure of the cause and there is no specific treatment
  • Oregon has documented over 200 cases and is working with researchers to find the cause
  • Dogs have died from severe form of the infection, but exact number is unknown
  • Veterinarians recommend basic precautions to keep pets healthy
  • Pet owners should keep dogs away from other dogs and ensure vaccines are up-to-date

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