Michigan dog owners beware because there is a mystery illness that has been affecting dogs in Illinois and Indiana and could soon find its way to the Mitten.

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Michiganders Love Their Dogs

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One thing about working in downtown Grand Rapids is that I witness a lot of dog owners with their pets and they take full advantage of the dog parks and opportunities that there are for dogs and owners in West Michigan.

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One thing for sure, is Michiganders love their dogs. Being a dog owner myself I think it's important to let others know when something could potentially affect your dog and my dog. There are a couple of nearby states where a mystery illness has been affecting dogs and thought you should know about its potential of entering Michigan.

Will the Mystery Dog Illness Cross the Michigan Border?

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There is a mystery illness that dogs have been catching in 10 other states across the country.

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8 of the states include California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington. The two states that have me the most concerned are Illinois and Indiana since they are close to Michigan. With the holidays coming up and people and pets traveling or dog kennels, there is room for this illness to spread.

What is the Mystery Illness Dogs in 10 States Have Contacted?

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That is the million-dollar question. According to NBC Chicago, so far what is known is that a mysterious and potentially fatal respiratory illness is affecting dogs.

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Dogs are getting pneumonia-like symptoms that start off with a cough and gradually worse just like in humans but the kicker is the mystery illness is resistant to antibiotics. Kind of reminds me of how COVID-19 affected humans.

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Similar to how humans spread colds, this mystery illness is traveling from dog to dog. Symptoms to watch out for are coughing, sneezing, and discharge from the dog's eyes or nose, you may notice trouble breathing, and extra tiredness. If you detect any of these symptoms take your dog to the vet asap.

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