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.

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7 thoughts on “Mystery Dog Illness Potentially Fatal and Spreading”

  1. Where can I find the products you mentioned in the video about dog’s coughs & mucus discharge? I have looked several places but nowhere seems to have that dosage. I have the honey & tea. I can order the licorice, but the other product (Slippery elm, elderberry & quercetin) I am struggling to get. I saw your brand is out of the quercetin.I would appreciate your help. Loved the video!

  2. why are the dogs so sick these days? This is like the 3rd+ respiratory illness in 4 years. What is safe for an MDR1 dog?

  3. Victor dog food was recalled nationwide. The dog food is not really good like they used to be. Chicken, beef and wild deers have been infected with this respiratory disease. Bio engineered, chemical..shots of vaccines going into these animals all have a round about effect to people and dogs. Grow your own food. Check the dog food manufacturers. Cook your own if you can. My dogs are doing ok but I give them ginger root every month which I think helps keep them going. No vet visits. Minimal vaccines necessary. Rabies etc.

  4. I don’t know if it’s the same “illness” that we got but triple boron supplement worked. I sprinkled the powder in the capsule on food. 1cap/17lb per day for 4days.

  5. The first thing that comes to mind is it sounds like COVID. Since the truth is that there is more we don’t know about COVID than we do know, it’s possible that it could have mutated and become contagious to dogs and or cats. It doesn’t sound bacterial based on what doesn’t work to get it under control and there are only so many possibilities. Like with so many contagious illnesses one of the best things any of us can do for ourselves and our pets is to support their and our immune systems. If you go to the FLCCC (Frontline COVID Critical Care)website you will find detailed protocols for different stages of COVID and other conditions. The protocols all use an integrative approach. I highly recommend taking a look. Among other credentials I have been a registered dietitian since 1982 and understanding nutrition has become more important than ever. Supplements can do amazing things.

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