Dogs Affected by Respiratory Illness in Texas

Tom Handy

An illness affecting dogs has made its way to Texas. After first signs in Oregon and the Northeast, the respiratory illness is now affecting dogs in Texas.

Texas A&M Professor Dr Lori Teller said according to KHOU:

"It’s definitely a respiratory infection. Dogs are showing the signs that you would expect, like runny nose, coughing, sneezing. But we have not been able to identify the cause as of yet.”
“We suspect it’s a virus, but it’s not showing up on the usual panels that we can run. It is a contagious disease between dogs, as best we can tell."

Teller added:

"We don’t know how many cases there are in Texas, or even in Houston. We do know that various veterinary clinics have seen some cases, but it’s hard to see if they are on the rise or not."
"Shelters in Texas have not had outbreaks of this and they have not had to close, which is a great sign, especially because a lot of people adopt pets during the holidays."

Symptoms of the virus

City-Vet Oak Lawn in Dallas has received several calls about the dog's illness. Veterinarian Dr. Rachel Neese said according to WFAA symptoms of the virus include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite

According to CBS-19, Seth Shirley, practice manager and veterinarian at Rose City Animal Clinic is not sure if the virus changes.

Shirley said:

"Now, since they’ve been talking about like out of Denver where you mentioned that we’re having a more severe potential case, I don’t know. Maybe it’s mutated, maybe it’s changed, I don’t know the story there."

How to protect your dog

Since this virus is new, some express to remain patient as more studies are conducted on the virus. In the meantime, Dr. Kurt William urges dogs should be fully vaccinated.

William said according to KBTX:

“I think it would not be a bad idea to avoid possible situations where your dog is mingling with other dogs and make sure your dog is fully vaccinated.”

More details on the illness is mentioned in this video:

Have you seen this virus in your dog or other dogs?


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