A Southern California family said a “last-resort” antibiotic saved their show dog after he fell ill with a mysterious, treatment-resistant respiratory disease plaguing pups around the country.
The Oliver family’s Golden Retriever, Ike, got sick in September while on the road competing in dog shows, ABC7 Los Angeles reported.
Ike was taken to a veterinary hospital where he was quarantined.
After multiple tests, the 5-year-old pup was diagnosed with a strange illness known as canine infectious respiratory disease complex.
There is not yet a specific treatment or drug for illness.
A stranger online suggested chloramphenicol, which is used for serious bacterial infections, and within hours Ike was breathing better, his family said.
Days later, he was able to return home.
“It’s a very, very strong last-resort antibiotic, but it’s what saved him,” Becky Oliver told ABC7. “Otherwise he would not be here.”
The disease has also been reported in Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and throughout the Northeast, with some instances fatal.
Since August, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has received more than 200 reports of the condition, it said.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department said 10 cases were reported there in less than a week.
“With winter upon us dogs, just like people, are prone to an increase in respiratory illnesses, especially if they spend time indoors with other pets,” Mark Verdino, the organization’s chief of Long Island’s North Shore Animal League America said.
They are particularly susceptible at kennels, groomers, daycare, and dog parks.
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