Nashville, Tenn. (WKRN) — A mysterious illness in dogs has pet owners across the country on high alert.
The disease, which affects the respiratory system, has been confirmed in 14 states. On Monday, News2 reached out to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to see if there were any reports in Tennessee. Officials said the Tennessee State Veterinarian’s office has not received any definitive reports of respiratory illness, but they are fielding questions from veterinarians across the state.
Pet boarding businesses in Middle Tennessee are taking no chances.
Sarah Peeples, owner of Pet Village in Brentwood, said, “We are cleaning our entire facility twice a day with animal-appropriate chemicals and making sure the safety of our clients and our guests comes first. Is.”
Brentwood’s Pet Village was at maximum capacity for the Thanksgiving holiday. As Christmas approaches, staff say some of their clients have come to them with concerns.
“I’ve had several questions over the past few days from pet parents who really don’t want to board their pets, whether they’re just scared, whether they have an older pet, or a which is in pre-existing conditions.” Peeples said.
Staff are asking pet parents to keep their dogs home if they notice any symptoms. Otherwise, the facility has plans in place in case of illness. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and loss of appetite.
“If we see a dog with symptoms, we have hospital isolation. We can always take them there so if there’s an interaction, they’re not getting a chance to go to another pet, People said.
Because this can be a stressful time for pet owners, the staff also encourages open communication with your vet and boarding professional to keep you up-to-date on the best care for your beloved family member. Tarin can stay.
“I know there’s a lot of panic right now and it makes me uncomfortable as a pet owner and as a business owner,” Peoples said.