Undiagnosed Respiratory Disease

Undiagnosed dog respiratory illness

Many dog owners are currently aware of the undiagnosed respiratory disease that is affecting dogs throughout the country. This disease was first reported on the west coast but has matriculated eastward and has been documented in Georgia most recently. Should the spread continue, we expect North Carolina will begin to see cases relatively soon. We caution all owners to minimize time with large groups of dogs including dog parks, boarding, and training facilities if at all possible. We also recommend that your dog be vaccinated for both Canine Influenza as well as Bordetella with preference to the intranasal vaccination. Clinical signs of this unknown respiratory pathogen are non-specific but may include one or more of the following;

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Wheezing or nasal whistling
  • Dehydration
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Fever
  • Nasal or eye discharge
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Lethargy

Please also be aware that novel respiratory pathogens have been documented in North Carolina before, particularly in the triad during the winter of 2022. None of the undocumented respiratory viruses have shown greater mortality rates than any other known viruses, but we do caution owners to be vigilant over the next few months. Most dogs affected with this condition have survived. The dogs that have succumb to disease have mostly been older immunosuppressed patients. By taking a proactive approach in an effort to prevent secondary pneumonia from arising, we are confident that we can get past this novel respiratory pathogen. Should your pet experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, please call us immediately to discuss a course of action.

 

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