(CBS) — A form of bronchitis that’s affecting dogs appears to be on the rise in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, reports Mariam Sobh.
It is commonly referred to as kennel cough but the proper term is acute tracheobronchitis.
“In my ten years in Chicago, this has been largest outbreak we’ve seen,” said Dr. Natalie Marks at Blum Animal Hospital.
Dr. Marks says it’s not just one viral strain, it’s many.
James Miles with the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic says they’ve seen 15 cases in the last two weeks.
Miles says the outbreak could be due to folks boarding their dogs for Spring Break. He says that’s when they can come into contact with other dogs who may have the virus.
The virus has been spreading rapidly at some area doggy daycares to the point where they have had to close down for a few days.
That is not an unusual step to take, says Dr. Brendan McKiernan, director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.