Mystery illness hitting dogs in Raleigh

Mystery illness hits dogs in Raleigh, North Carolina

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A North Carolina veterinarian wants dog owners to be aware of a mystery illness with is impacting dogs in and around Raleigh. As reported by ABC 11 News, one veterinary hospital has treated more than 170 dogs who have been stricken by the mystery ailment, which is causing upper respiratory issues.

Dr. Page Wages, with Care First Animal Hospital, tells the news agency that dogs are presenting with a variety of coughs, from wet and raspy, to “loud like a goose.” Some of the dogs are so sick that they require oxygen and Dr. Wages surmises that the illness could be fatal in some dogs.

The mystery sickness has been dubbed “Canine Upper Respiratory Infectious Disease,” and experts warn that it is highly contagious. Even dogs who have been vaccinated against kennel cough and dog flu have been hit, but they seem to have less severe symptoms.

Dog owners should not only be aware of this mystery ailment, but take steps to prevent their companions from being exposed at places like dog parks, dog daycare facilities, or other “social” areas.

(Screenshot via ABC 11 News)

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