Nebraska Humane Society identifies cause of respiratory infection among dogs at shelter
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Nebraska Humane Society identifies cause of respiratory infection among dogs at shelter

The Nebraska Humane Society has identified the infection that led the shelter to initiate emergency operations as pneumovirus.The shelter said it’s an “increasingly common cause” of respiratory infections for shelter dogs and can lead to other complications, such as pneumonia.Two dogs had to be euthanized due to their symptoms, according to the Nebraska Humane Society.The Nebraska Humane Society initially, though, it was a highly contagious bacterial infection called streptococcus equi zooepidemicus, or “strep zoo.” However, lab results revealed the cause of the respiratory infection as pneumovirus, which they said is basically an aggressive version of kennel cough.Previous coverage: Nebraska Humane Society on emergency-only schedule due to potential bacterial infectionThe shelter said it doesn’t respond to typical treatments and can lead to pneumonia for some dogs, but presents a minimal risk to humans or cats.”In dogs, it is contagious and spreads quickly,” the shelter said in a statement.Dr. Amber Horn, animal medical director at the Nebraska Humane Society, called it a “serious situation.””With the clinical signs we saw in our first patient with the severity of the pneumonia, I had not seen this particular combination before here yet,” Horn said.The Nebraska Humane Society said emergency operations will continue until further notice. The shelter said their main lobby and cat/critter adoption areas are safe from contamination, and they will begin cat/critter adoption on Saturday at 10 a.m.If you adopted a dog from NHS since June 2, you should look out for symptoms like respiratory illness, coughing, discharge from the nose, loss of appetite, and depression. If you see this in your pet, call your veterinarian.Horn recommends making sure your dog is up to date on vaccines and avoiding dog parks at this time.The shelter said vets should call the NHS medical team to report any suspected cases.Anyone who finds a lost pet or stray animal in the next three to five days is still encouraged to call NHS.Click here for the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7

The Nebraska Humane Society has identified the infection that led the shelter to initiate emergency operations as pneumovirus.

The shelter said it’s an “increasingly common cause” of respiratory infections for shelter dogs and can lead to other complications, such as pneumonia.

Two dogs had to be euthanized due to their symptoms, according to the Nebraska Humane Society.

The Nebraska Humane Society initially, though, it was a highly contagious bacterial infection called streptococcus equi zooepidemicus, or “strep zoo.” However, lab results revealed the cause of the respiratory infection as pneumovirus, which they said is basically an aggressive version of kennel cough.

Previous coverage: Nebraska Humane Society on emergency-only schedule due to potential bacterial infection

The shelter said it doesn’t respond to typical treatments and can lead to pneumonia for some dogs, but presents a minimal risk to humans or cats.

“In dogs, it is contagious and spreads quickly,” the shelter said in a statement.

Dr. Amber Horn, animal medical director at the Nebraska Humane Society, called it a “serious situation.”

“With the clinical signs we saw in our first patient with the severity of the pneumonia, I had not seen this particular combination before here yet,” Horn said.

The Nebraska Humane Society said emergency operations will continue until further notice.

The shelter said their main lobby and cat/critter adoption areas are safe from contamination, and they will begin cat/critter adoption on Saturday at 10 a.m.

If you adopted a dog from NHS since June 2, you should look out for symptoms like respiratory illness, coughing, discharge from the nose, loss of appetite, and depression. If you see this in your pet, call your veterinarian.

Horn recommends making sure your dog is up to date on vaccines and avoiding dog parks at this time.

The shelter said vets should call the NHS medical team to report any suspected cases.

Anyone who finds a lost pet or stray animal in the next three to five days is still encouraged to call NHS.

Click here for the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7