A mystery illness has been reported to be affecting dogs across the United States. This sudden outbreak, with symptoms that include coughing, gastrointestinal issues, and a potential progression to pneumonia, has spread to at least 14 states. The exact cause of this disease is currently unknown, which is causing concerns among veterinarians and pet owners alike.
Financial Impact on Dog Boarding Businesses
This mysterious disease has not only caused a health scare but also a significant financial impact on local dog boarding businesses. With the fear of the illness spreading in places with a dense dog population, many pet owners are opting to cancel their reservations. This has led to a steep decline in revenue for dog boarding and daycare businesses.
Keeping Vigilant and Calm
While the situation may appear dire, veterinarians are urging pet owners to remain vigilant but not to panic. Symptoms like coughing should be monitored closely as they can last between four to six weeks and may escalate to pneumonia. Veterinary professionals are working tirelessly to identify the cause and potential treatments for the illness.
Preventative Measures and Urged Caution
The American Veterinary Medical Association is urging caution as the holiday season approaches. They advise dog owners to ensure their pets' vaccinations are up to date and to take extra care during holiday travels or kenneling. Pet owners are also advised to keep their dogs at home if they show signs of the illness, observe their pets closely, and seek veterinary care promptly if symptoms develop.