A new Dog Respiratory Disease has come to light as more than 200 dogs have been affected in more than 16 United States since August this year. Some dogs even died due to this mysterious respiratory illness. But the more serious news is that this dog disease is yet unknown to scientists. Scientists haven’t yet found the main cause of this disease. Thus, they haven’t successfully made a medicine for this.
A large number of different breeds of dogs have been affected by this disease and none of the antibiotics are working to cure this illness.
The illness has common symptoms like kennel cough or Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease and it affects breathing passages and the lungs due to inflammation in it.
The disease looks like a Kennel cough but Kennel cough medicines, antibiotics, and vaccines are not effective at all.
Scientist on Mysterious Dog Respiratory Disease
Everybody is scared and relying on scientists to find a name for this unknown Dog respiratory disease but what scientists have to say is not a piece of good news.
According to NBC News, Scientists haven’t yet found anything for sure that is the origin of the illness. Which means the disease is still unidentified. Nonetheless, scientists in New Hampshire have reportedly pinpointed a pathogen—an organism with the potential to induce disease in a host—that could be responsible for the ailment.
We will update you if anything is discovered about this disease in the future. (Source)
Symptoms to look for
As the researchers said the Pathogen is “a funky bacterium” that is causing failure in dog’s immune systems leading to their death. These are some symptoms that occur when a dog is going through this mysterious respiratory disease are almost similar to Winter Illnesses.
Nasal or Eye Discharge
Fever and Lethargy
Difficulty in breathing or rapid breathing, and Wheezing.
Trachea: Inflammation of Trachea and Bronchial airways.
Lungs: Chronic Pneumonia and Acute Pneumonia
Stomach: Weight loss, Loss of Appetite, and Dehydration
Scientists at the University of New Hampshire’s Veterinary Diagnosis Laboratory and the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies identified it through genetic sequencing of samples obtained from 70 dogs.
Even though scientists have found this unique Pathogen in the samples of sick dogs, it can not be said for a surety that the Pathogen is causing the illness, according to Dr. Jason Stull.
As it is a highly contagious dog illness it spreads to other dogs easily. But with some precautions, you can stay away from the disease until the scientists find a solution.
Prevention Measures for Mysterious Dog Illness
First of all, vaccinate your dog with full vaccination.
Do not leave your dog at a boarding facility as the dog’s illness is coming from doggy care according to history.
Keep a close eye on your dog’s health and behaviors, and look for the symptoms mentioned above.
Which States were affected by this disease
A total of 16 states were affected by this unknown doggy illness. Here are the states below-
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Final Words: This mysterious dog disease is similar to the Coronavirus affecting our dogs’ lungs and failing their immune system. It is highly contagious, and spreads through sneezing and breathing. So, keep your dogs indoors and make sure they are vaccinated. You can also try these Healthy Respiratory Measures for Dogs at home to make sure your dog is breathing healthy.
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