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Veterinarians warn of rising cases of mystery dog illness

Veterinarians are sounding the alarm as they see a growing number of coughing dogs.

Wendy Brown's three golden retrievers — Bridge, Dooley and Lulu — are among the dogs who started showing symptoms earlier this November.

"Dooley started doing kind of this huffing and also seemed to feel quite lethargic," Brown recalled to "Good Morning America." "Not too long after, Bridge began to exhibit the symptoms. But his were louder, more boisterous. I thought it was his stomach because he made like a retching sound."

Initially, Brown thought her pets had a typical kennel cough but when their symptoms didn't subside, she knew it was something more serious.

"The vet started him on a 10-day cycle of doxycycline. Today was day 10 and he is not a lot better," Brown said.

Brown, an Idaho resident, said she's still not sure what could have caused her dogs' illness in the first place.

While research is underway, veterinarians say the mystery illness is highly contagious and can be fatal. Reported symptoms so far have also been typical of a kennel cough and they include coughing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge and lethargy.

"Instead of that dry cough where the dog felt good, it was now this wet cough where the dog felt sick," Amanda Cavanagh, the section head of the urgent care service at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, told "GMA."

Experts like Cavanagh said any dogs showing signs of consistent coughing should be brought to a vet to be examined.

"We can ultrasound the lungs to see if there is a problem that is related to pneumonia or the contagious pneumonia that seems to be going around," Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh also recommends keeping any coughing dogs away from other dogs and for two weeks after the cough goes away.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 20, 2023 5:06 PM

[quote] Bridge, Dooley and Lulu


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by Anonymousreply 1November 19, 2023 4:00 PM

My 22 cats are safe.

by Anonymousreply 2November 19, 2023 4:19 PM

Glad I gave up pet ownership.

by Anonymousreply 3November 19, 2023 4:23 PM

Anyone have a link to k-9 respirators? XXXS?

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by Anonymousreply 4November 19, 2023 4:32 PM

Lots of animal shelters have shut down for weeks because of a “flu”, and many have died. I wonder if it’s the same virus.

by Anonymousreply 5November 19, 2023 4:39 PM

Probably, R5.

This is sounding suspiciously like doggie Covid.

by Anonymousreply 6November 19, 2023 4:45 PM


by Anonymousreply 7November 19, 2023 4:46 PM

Three weeks ago my best friend had to put down his dog. She was old; they didn't know for sure how old, since she was a rescue dog picked up off the street some fourteen years ago. But she was experiencing lethargy, pain, respiratory issues, near continuous diarrhea, and had become nearly unable to stand on her own. The onset of symptoms developed quickly, over about a month, immediately after she'd been taken to a kennel/veterinarian for a teeth cleaning.

At the time, we hadn't heard of this new illness. But it sounds like it.

by Anonymousreply 8November 20, 2023 12:45 AM

R8 Same happened to my first yorkie, was end stage renal failure (bad breath and dulling or a dingier coat are also symptoms), pancreatitis was also a problem. I did sub-q fluid injections and she rebounded for about a year, but anesthesia really kills their organ function. I brush my dogs teeth now. Even large breeds need regular brushing and if you start early they're fine with it.

by Anonymousreply 9November 20, 2023 2:58 PM

Dollface thread!

by Anonymousreply 10November 20, 2023 5:06 PM
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