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From wagging to worrying: the mysterious dog virus hits the U.S.

Coughs, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite are all symptoms of a new “mysterious respiratory virus” that is impacting dogs. This illness mimics symptoms of conditions like kennel cough, bordetella, canine parainfluenza, and a variety of other similar common respiratory infections. At least 10 cases have been detected in California since Nov. 16 2023, and it has been affecting dogs in least 14 states in the United States, including California. 

According to New York Times reporter Emily Anthes, “The new cases have caused concern because they fall at the severe end of the spectrum, with symptoms that last six weeks or more and do not respond to treatment, including antibiotics. Moreover, many of the dogs have tested negative for the pathogens that commonly cause kennel cough.” 

Due to there being little known about the dog virus, many dog owners are isolating their dogs from high-traffic dog areas like, dog parks, groomers, pet stores ect.

“I usually like to take my dog to the dog park and go on walks; she pretty much goes anywhere I go, but with this new virus going around I’ve been keeping her inside and isolated from dogs the best I can do,” sophomore Jolie Jenson said. “I love taking my dog with me but it’s just not worth it in the long run right now.”

What should dog owners do?

  • keep dogs from areas where they’re likely to come into contact with other dogs
  • talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating your pets against common respiratory pathogens.
  • Overall just keep up with vaccinations and checkups to ensure the health and safety of your dog

Dr. Stephen Kochis, the chief medical officer for the Oregon Humane Society spoke with the New York Times about the dog illness.

“All of us have gone through Covid,” Kochis said in an interview with the New York Times. “I would say if your dog is showing signs of respiratory disease, isolate them in the home, call your vet, get them seen.” 

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Bailee Small
Bailee Small, Student Life Editor
Bailee Small is a sophomore at RCHS, and this is her second year in journalism. She is the section editor for student life for the school newspaper, The Cat’s Eye. Her favorite thing about journalism is being able to share stories and events of students and staff at RCHS. When she isn’t working on a story she loves to draw, and make jewelry. Small is also a  starter on the RCHS varsity tennis team. She is also a huge Marvel fan and loves reading comics and watching Marvel movies and shows.

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