Many living near the Chicago area are thinking twice before they load their dog in the car and head over to the dog park, or even doggie daycare. As of early last week over 1,300 dogs have been infected, the largest epidemic ever, and with a strain never seen in this area.
What the ….” I stopped my bicycle in the middle of the forest preserve trail as my three-year-old springer spaniel tried to run alongside. She pumped her back legs hard, but moved in slow motion, her back end not able to keep up with her front legs.
After having dogs for my entire life, of over fifty years, I’ve noticed a weird trend. Most of my dogs have become ill from October through December. Here’s the list:
One day in the middle of May, Buffy refused to get out of bed and go for a walk. The night before she had been slow on our evening walk, not acting like her normal bouncy self, but I figured that she just ate something that didn’t agree with her and would recover quickly.
The vet sampled her swollen neck glands and warned me of the possibility of lymphatic cancer.