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The Department of Agriculture and other veterinary agencies are investigating an infectious respiratory disease affecting dogs across the U.S., after several states reported incidents of dogs suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms, though little is known about the illness and how it spreads.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture first received reports of an “atypical canine infectious respiratory disease” that was circulating around Portland in August, and has since received more than 200 case reports from veterinarians, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The causative agent remains unknown.

Veterinarians can call the NDSU – Veterinary Diagnostic lab and discuss their cases or any questions they have with Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Pecoraro. Phone: 701-231-1807