Veterinarians warn of rising cases of mystery dog illness

Veterinarians are sounding the alarm as they see a growing number of coughing dogs.

Wendy Brown’s three golden retrievers — Bridge, Dooley and Lulu — are among the dogs who started showing symptoms earlier this November.

“Dooley started doing kind of this huffing and also seemed to feel quite lethargic,” Brown recalled to “Good Morning America.” “Not too long after, Bridge began to exhibit the symptoms. But his were louder, more boisterous. I thought it was his stomach because he made like a retching sound.”

Initially, Brown thought her pets had a typical kennel cough but when their symptoms didn’t subside, she knew it was something more serious.

“The vet started him on a 10-day cycle of doxycycline. Today was day 10 and he is not a lot better,” Brown said.

Brown, an Idaho resident, said she’s still not sure what could have caused her dogs’ illness in the first place.

While research is underway, veterinarians say the mystery illness is highly contagious and can be fatal. Reported symptoms so far have also been typical of a kennel cough and they include coughing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge and lethargy.

“Instead of that dry cough where the dog felt good, it was now this wet cough where the dog felt sick,” Amanda Cavanagh, the section head of the urgent care service at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, told “GMA.”

Experts like Cavanagh said any dogs showing signs of consistent coughing should be brought to a vet to be examined.

“We can ultrasound the lungs to see if there is a problem that is related to pneumonia or the contagious pneumonia that seems to be going around,” Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh also recommends keeping any coughing dogs away from other dogs and for two weeks after the cough goes away.

“After 15 Years, Dog’s Tearful Birthday Celebration with First-Ever Cake”

Amidst the charming locality where cheerfulness reverberated in every nook and cranny, a delightful event was taking place. A furry companion, who had been waiting for this moment for 15 years, was finally getting to relish the enchantment of a birthday gala – complete with a cake decked with twinkling candles.

At the appointed hour, a group of loved ones had gathered around in eager anticipation to witness a momentous event. At the center of attention was a faithful dog whose eyes shone with excitement and curiosity. The atmosphere was electric as everyone joined in singing the classic song of “Happy Birthday.”
The dog seemed to sense the importance of the occasion and responded with a contagious wag of its tail. The room was filled with an undeniable sense of happiness as the cake, complete with decorations suitable for dogs, made its way to the center of the gathering. Excitement reached its peak as the birthday girl blew out the candles, signaling the beginning of a new phase in her life. Love overflowed from every corner of the room.

But it wasn’t just the flickering candles that caught everyone’s attention. It was also the unexpected sight of a solitary tear rolling down the furry cheek of the dog. The room fell into a hushed silence as the observers exchanged glances filled with a mix of surprise and tenderness. This tear was a silent testimony to the years of unconditional loyalty and the simple desire for a moment of celebration, conveying a heartfelt message.
As the birthday cake was presented to the dog, the room erupted in cheers and applause. The dog, now surrounded by its loved ones, cautiously sniffed the cake before taking a tentative bite. The taste of the special treat seemed to transport the canine companion to a world of ecstasy, and in that magical moment, all the waiting became irrelevant.

The birthday festivities continued well into the evening, with plenty of merriment, amusing anecdotes, and the delightful sound of a dog’s happy barks. This was no ordinary party; it was a touching tribute to the passing of time and the unbridled joy that our furry friends bring into our lives. The celebration was a testament to patience, love, and the power of long-awaited reunions.
As the night wound down, the dog snuggled up in a cozy bed surrounded by the remnants of a joyous occasion. The earlier tears had melted away, replaced by the radiant glow of contentment shining from the canine’s eyes. It was an unforgettable gathering that would be treasured by all who were present, serving as a reminder that our loyal companions deserve their moment in the spotlight, regardless of how long it takes to arrive.

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