Boston Beware as Mysterious Bug Bites Beantown's Bowwows, Vets Issue Pet Precautions

Boston Beware as Mysterious Bug Bites Beantown's Bowwows, Vets Issue Pet PrecautionsSource: Google Street View
Sam Cavanaugh
Published on November 29, 2023

The Bay State's beloved pooches are sniffing up trouble with a mysterious respiratory bug that's been dogging furry friends across the nation, and now it's hit Massachusetts hard. Boston vets are on high alert as this perplexing pestilence has left dogs coughing and wheezing, sending shivers down the spines of their two-legged companions, according to Boston 25 News.

This illness packs a punch with symptoms that include coughing, sneezing, nasal goop, and a bad case of the blahs, making doggo downtime a dreary affair. "There’s not a huge preponderance of illness out there, though," Dr. Kiko Bracker, the Director of Emergency Medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center, explained. But that doesn't soothe the hearts of pet parents who've heard of fatalities in other states, as NBC Boston notes.

A "bacterial-like" organism could be the culprit behind the coughing canines, a curveball since the usual kennel cough culprits aren't showing up in lab tests. With Jack Frost nipping at our noses and the holiday season upon us, traditional hubs of hound happiness like dog parks are now potential petri dishes for this pooch plague.

"It’s not a bad idea to keep conscious of the company your dog is keeping," Bracker suggested, with pet owners like Jack Tracy already limiting lapdog liaisons to fend off the sniffles. Tracy, owner of a 13-year-old Golden Lab named Molly, told Boston 25 News, "I'm trying to keep her away from other dogs. I'm very concerned. I have an elderly dog."