Veterinarians and dog owners in the Charlottesville, Virginia area are reporting a new, highly infectious respiratory diseases afflicting many local dogs, including ones who are up to date on their vaccinations. While most dog-focused organizations, including kennels, veterinarians and pet stores, are aware of the new sickness, veterinarians are still in the early stage of learning about it, and you may want to keep your dog at home for a while. Symptoms include a severe “whooping” type cough, sneezing and lethargy.
- Officials are not certain how the disease is spread, or if it can be transmitted to humans.
- symptoms to look for are similar to allergies, such as coughing, sneezing, fever and general respiratory distress
- for the time being, officials recommend limiting your pets access to other animals outside the home.
“Most pet-based businesses in the Charlottesville area are aware of the situation and are taking steps to limit the spread of the disease. Boarding facilities and vet clinics are being decontaminated, but the best place for your pup is at home.”