(VitalNews.org) – According to a CBS News December 15 report, the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine revealed that a mysterious illness that causes lethargy, cough, and fever in dogs has spread to 16 states across the country. The academic institution delivered the information after a rise in the number of canines getting infected with what many veterinarians have referred to as Atypical Canine Infections Respiratory Disease Complex, also known as ACIRDC. It also said that the illness has reached Washinton, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Nevada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California.
The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine pointed out that the most affected state since 2022 has been Oregon, as some veterinaries and state officials have reported nearly 300 cases so far. However, the university noted there’s no official case count nationwide, suggesting that the number of dogs affected by ACIRDC could be bigger.
According to health officials, some of the main clinical signs of ACIRDC in dogs include tracheobronchitis, which is a severe inflammation of the bronchi and the trachea that can last between six to nine weeks. Some tracheobronchitis symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing, and coughing.
In a statement, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Shannon Powers said that many states have reported that canines have stayed ill for longer periods and haven’t even responded to treatment. She added there have been cases of dogs that have died because the illness developed in a fast manner, and explained that canines with preexisting respiratory illness can develop pneumonia. Powers pointed out that many veterinarians across the country are already working not only to determine the cause of the illness but also to create effective treatments for it.
According to different reports, the mysterious illness seems to represent a bigger threat for those dog breeds that have short snouts or flat faces. These include French bulldogs and Pugs, which are known for being predisposed to different respiratory illnesses that require special care.
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