Veterinary laboratories in several US states are investigating an unknown acute respiratory infection that is spreading among dogs and is not responding to antibiotics.
Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire are among the states where cases of the disease in animals have been recorded, writes AR.
The disease in dogs is manifested by coughing, sneezing, discharge from the nose or eyes and lethargy, causes pneumonia and does not respond to antibiotic treatment.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has documented more than 200 cases of the disease in animals since mid-August. The state agency urged pet owners to contact a veterinarian immediately if their dog becomes ill.
The department is also working with state researchers and the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory to find out exactly what causes the disease in animals.
According to Curt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the disease is fatal, but it is currently difficult to give an exact number of how many dogs have died.
He urged pet owners not to panic and vaccinate them.
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