Virginians are encouraged to keep pets' vaccinations up to date in the wake of mysterious dog virus

Cheryl E Preston
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Mysterious dog disease is not yet in Virginia

Virginia pet owners are being encouraged to keep their dog's vaccinations up to date because of a mysterious illness affecting canines. Symptoms include coughing and a runny nose.

NBC reveals that the disease is spreading although there have not been any reports in the Commonwealth. Locally Angels of Assisi is offering a helping hand by vacinating dogs at a reduced rate.

Angels of Assisi, responding proactively to the situation, is offering dog vaccinations at a reduced cost of $10 for the next month. This initiative aims to make vaccinations more accessible to the community and ensure that dogs are safeguarded against potential health risks.
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Pet owners should take precautions

WDBJ7 says it is believed the illness is transmitted in social settings like dog parks and boarding facilities. Animal doctors who spoke with People say some dogs are coughing for months and have a wet cough. Veterinarians also are not certain whether this is a viral or bacterial infection.

Boarding facilities and dog parks are suspected as breeding grounds which is why the Vets are emphasizing the "importance of responsible pet ownership in preventing the spread of the disease". Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and don't allow him or her to share food bowls with other pets as a precautionary measure.


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