We love our pets to all extremes. So when we hear that there is a sickness spreading around to dogs, we take all of the proper precautions we can to keep them safe.

There has recently been an outbreak of a respiratory illness. Recently we have seen a spike in numbers here in Montana reported to the Department of Livestock’s Animal Health Bureau by veterinarians. This mysterious respiratory been detected in surrounding states and states with people who visit Montana often. And like lots of people do, we love to travel with our pets.

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There are currently 14 states with detected cases of this mystery illness, and the number is growing.

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Rhode Island

The symptoms of the mystery illness are similar to those of kennel cough and strep zoo. For those not familiar with the two illnesses, the symptoms are as followed:

  • starts with a cough
  • loss of appetite
  • runny nose
  • lethargy
  • sometimes a low fever

There are precautions that pet owners are asked to take into consideration such as avoid daycare/boarding if possible. If you love the dog park, like my dog does, try to avoid going if there are lots of dogs present. Keep up to date on your pets vaccinations. Of course if your dog is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you will want to call your vet right away.


Don't just head to the vet, they would like for you to call them first so they can have you bring your pup in without other dogs or animals around. 

All of this information is available at the website below, from the American Veterinary Medical Association.


cc: AVMA

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