What to Know About a Mysterious Dog Respiratory Illness
While the UC Davis veterinary hospital has yet to see any patients for a mysterious canine respiratory illness spreading nationwide, veterinarians throughout the country are working collaboratively to determine exactly what may be causing the numerous illnesses.
UC Davis has created an Animal Health Topic on this illness.
According to NBC News, "In a development that might help shed light on the illness, which has affected a variety of dog breeds, researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Veterinary Diagnosis Laboratory and the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies told NBC News they have identified a pathogen that might be what’s making pets sick."
The report went on to say that "scientists aren’t even sure yet whether the same bug is making dogs sick across the nation. Many researchers have wondered whether it was a bacterial or a viral pathogen. One thing veterinarians do know is that the germ is something they don’t recognize."
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Additional resources on the illness:
UC Davis' Dr. Karl Jandrey was interviewed by ABC10 (Sacramento) about what is currently known about the mysterious illness. The 8-minute conversation includes information on what dog owners can do to keep their pets safe.
Dr. Karl Jandrey's interview with CBS13 (Sacramento)
Dr. Karl Jandrey's follow-up interview with CBS13 (Sacramento)
Dr. Karl Jandrey's interview with ABC8 (Reno)
Dr. Karl Jandrey's interview with CW4 (Bay Area)
Dr. Karl Jandrey's interview with SF Gate
Dr. Erik Olstad's interview with the Sacramento Bee
Dr. Jane Sykes' interview with NPR
Dr. Jane Sykes' interview with The Guardian
Dr. Jane Sykes' interview with Science News
Dr. Jane Sykes' appearance on the Upland Nation podcast
Dr. Jane Sykes' interview with The Atlantic
The American Veterinary Medical Association released this report on Oregon's efforts to deal with the respiratory illness, as well as this resource. Also, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association released this backgrounder on the illness.
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