Hide Your Pooch…Mystery DOG VIRUS Invading Utah?
There's a mysterious dog virus spreading around the country and according to Utah's state veterinarian, nobody knows what it is.
From kutv.com: (full article)
"Researchers do think it's a virus, but they're not 100 percent sure on that," Utah's state veterinarian Daniel Christensen said. "Dogs coming in with symptoms like a cough, watery eyes or runny nose, that's happening for sure in our state. But this mystery illness, what separates it from other respiratory diseases, is that it's more persistent. It lasts more like six to eight weeks instead of one to two weeks."
Apparently there have been no confirmed cases in the Beehive state, but that doesn't mean dog owners aren't doing all they can to prevent their dogs from getting it.
u/wanderlust1981 said on Reddit:
"Not going to lie - I've minimized the time my dog spends at parks or around other dogs with this going around."
One Utah poster claimed that their dog already got it:
"It is already here, my dog had it for two weeks. Vet confirmed it wasn't kennel cough, it was 'other'"
Christensen said the virus isn't effected by antibiotics:
"Others are saying we urge caution but do not worry," Christensen said. "This disease doesn't seem to be more lethal than other respiratory diseases dogs get, so I don't want people to worry but I want them to be cautious. If your dog is showing symptoms, please keep them by themselves in your house, just like you would with a sick child. If they're not getting better, especially after a long period of time, talk to your veterinarian."
Are you doing anything different with you pooch?
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