The Animal Hospital of Lake Villa is actively monitoring the new canine respiratory disease reported in several U.S. states. Currently, no cases have been confirmed in Illinois, but our team remains alert and prepared.
Important Information for Dog Owners:
- Illinois Situation: The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) has found no cases in Illinois yet, but is in constant communication with veterinary and government entities.
- Observing Symptoms: Be alert for signs such as coughing, sneezing, discharge from eyes and nose, lethargy, reduced appetite, breathing trouble, and blue or purple gums. Immediate veterinary care is essential upon noticing these symptoms.
- Vaccination Recommendations: Ensure your dogs are current on vaccinations, including DHLPP, Bordetella, and canine influenza vaccines, which may help mitigate symptoms.
- Reducing Exposure Risks: Try to avoid contact with sick, unfamiliar, or unvaccinated pets, communal water bowls, and, if possible, boarding and training facilities. With the holidays approaching, we understand that boarding might be necessary; however, exploring alternative care options is advisable for your pet’s safety.
- Staying Updated: For any concerns or questions, please contact us at 847-356-8387 or visit our website at lakevillavet.com. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Nationwide Cases and Response:
- Oregon and Colorado Reports: Over 200 cases in Oregon, with some leading to severe pneumonia and fatalities.
- San Diego Incident: A separate outbreak in San Diego, not directly linked to the cases in other states, resulted in fatalities among dogs.
Animal Hospital of Lake Villa’s Approach:
- Preparation and Care: We are developing a treatment protocol and are ready to respond to any potential cases in our community.
- Ongoing Learning: Our team is dedicated to learning more about this illness and will share information and guidelines as we learn more.
While it’s important to be cautious and informed, we encourage avoiding panic. By taking preventive measures and staying updated, we can safeguard the health of our pets.