The Nevada Department of Agriculture has issued a warning for a mysterious respiratory illness spreading in canines throughout the U.S.
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Nevada dog owners are being urged to implement good health and safety practices as a respiratory illness is spreading in canines throughout the U.S. The cause of the illness is unknown and under investigation.
“We are monitoring the illness and are asking veterinarians across the state to report any cases with symptoms corresponding to those of this respiratory illness to the NDA,” said NDA State Veterinarian Peter Mundschenk. “We have received notice of possible suspected cases and encourage anyone who thinks their dog may be affected to notify your veterinarian so those cases may be properly reported and investigated.”
Carson Valley residents have shared concerns about the illness, which has symptoms including coughing, sneezing, nasal and or eye discharge and lethargy.
“Symptoms of the illness are similar to kennel cough and canine influenza” said Mundschenk. “It’s important we rule out those possibilities to help determine if this canine respiratory illness may be at play.”
Douglas County Animal Services is consulting with Valley veterinarians about the disease.
The NDA recommends pet owners exercise health and safety practices with their canines. This includes:
• Keep animals up to date on vaccinations such as canine influenza, Bordetella and parainfluenza.
• Limit exposure to other animals (dog parks, grooming, boarding, day care facilities, during walks, etc.).
• Practice safe biosecurity measures which include avoiding sharing food and water bowls and cleaning those items regularly.
• Contact your veterinarian for canine specific advice before attending events or activities where dogs may congregate.
• Contact your vet at the first sign of illness.
Dog owners who are concerned about their animals are encouraged to reach out to their local veterinarians with questions and to develop a plan to best keep their animals safe based on their individual needs.