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Orangeville Dogs Sickened By Inexplicable Illness

10/25/2015 05:05 EDT | Updated 10/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Pet owners and veterinarians in Orangeville, Ont. are concerned and confused by a canine respiratory illness that's spreading through the town.

In the last two weeks, many dogs with coughs and fevers have been checked in to animal clinics, according to AM 640.

At first, veterinarians suspected Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease complex, or "kennel cough," but even dogs who have been vaccinated against that disease have been sick, CTV News Barrie reports.

An infectious disease expert at the University of Guelph's veterinary college says experts are still working on finding a cause.

“We have some preliminary information but it’s too early to say anything definitive,” he told the Orangeville Banner.

Owners are being asked to keep their pets at home if the animal is unwell or if it's been exposed to sick canines.

“Keep them away from the dog park, keep them away from any boarding facilities away from other dogs,” she told CTV News Barrie.

Dr. Leah Knoll from Orangeville's Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic says signs of the illness include "discharge from the mouth or nose, coughing, sneezing [and] a goose-honking cough."

No deaths have been reported, and many dogs seem to shake off the illness off on their own within a few days.

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