Mystery Respiratory Dog Illness 2023

Navigating Pet Transport amid Illness

In the midst of the ongoing mystery illness affecting our furry friends across the United States, we, at US Pet Transport, are committed to leading the pet transport industry in taking responsible measures. As we grapple with the uncertainties surrounding this canine ailment, our primary goal is to prioritize awareness and keep our valued customers informed. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the latest updates, precautions, and signs to watch out for, as we collectively navigate through these challenging times. 

The Awareness Drive:

A crucial aspect of dealing with any health concern is awareness. We understand the gravity of the situation and are dedicated to keeping our community well-informed. Our customers have received this video that serves as a powerful tool in spreading awareness. As we continue to gather information about this illness, we pledge to keep you updated on any developments that may impact the well-being of our beloved pets.

Recognizing the Signs:

As specialists in the field, we want our clients and fellow pet enthusiasts to be vigilant. There are certain signs to watch out for, including snotting, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, blue/purple gums, fever, and lethargy. Identifying these signs early on can contribute to the swift and effective management of the illness.

Preventive Measures:

To ensure the safety of our furry companions, we recommend implementing the following practices before handling or allowing a dog onto our vehicles:

  1. Gum Inspection: Request the client to show you the gums, which should ideally be bubblegum pink. Note that some purebred dogs may have dark blue/purple spots, which is different from the entire gums being blue.

  2. Temperature Check: Use an ear thermometer to check for a fever (103°F or above). Owners can perform this themselves or with your guidance.

  3. Observation: Pay close attention to snorting, sneezing, or coughing. If any of these symptoms arise, vet clearance is mandated before transport.

Additionally, we advise against walking pets in high-traffic areas like rest stops or fenced dog areas. Keep puppies 16 weeks or younger off the ground, practice zero nose-to-nose contact, and sanitize hands between pets. Always sanitize crates with a pet-safe sanitizer between each transport.


The health and well-being of our pets are paramount. As we navigate through these challenging times, we encourage open communication. Feel free to reach out directly with any questions or concerns. Together, as a community of pet lovers and transport professionals, we can ensure the safety and happiness of our four-legged companions.

Stay informed, stay vigilant, and let’s continue to prioritize the health of our beloved pets.