Mystery Dog Illness Potentially Fatal and Spreading
Mystery Illness in Dogs: My Insight and Experience
I’ve recently become aware of a troubling illness that’s spreading among dogs in various states, including where I live. This illness begins with a persistent cough and can escalate to something as serious as pneumonia. What’s particularly alarming is its resistance to traditional antibiotics. In Oregon alone, where I’m based, there have been over 200 confirmed cases, and tragically, more than five dogs have lost their lives. The most perplexing part is that the cause of this illness is still unknown; no typical respiratory pathogens have been identified.
My Observations on Clinical Signs and How to Prevent Them
From what I’ve observed, this primarily respiratory illness presents symptoms like coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, alongside general weakness and lethargy. In its more severe form, like pneumonia, it might cause difficulty in breathing and gums that turn pale or bluish. The general consensus is that it’s an infectious disease, possibly viral. I’ve been extra cautious with my dogs, avoiding crowded dog parks and grooming facilities. If I notice any coughing, I plan to visit the vet immediately and I’m wary of treating them with conventional antibiotics without proper consultation.
Natural Remedies for Cough in Dogs That I’ve Discovered
In my search for safer remedies to alleviate cough symptoms in dogs, I’ve come across several promising natural options. I’ve tried a mixture of green tea and local, unpasteurized honey, known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. I’ve also learned about the antiviral benefits of bioactive keratin, found in apple peel and red onion, which can be given in capsule form. Licorice root tincture, a remedy I’ve used before for canine coughs, is known for its antiviral properties. I’ve read about the benefits of elderberry concentrate in reducing the duration and severity of cold and flu viruses and have given it to my dogs in capsule form. Lastly, I’ve found that slippery elm, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the throat and reduces coughing. I often mix it with the green tea and honey solution for a more effective remedy.