Golden Retriever Survives Mysterious Illness With “Last-Resort” Antibiotic


In a promising turn of events, a 5-year-old golden retriever named Ike has successfully recovered from a mysterious illness that has been affecting dogs in several states across the US. Ike fell ill while participating in a dog road show back in September, leaving his owners deeply concerned.

Key Takeaway

A 5-year-old golden retriever named Ike has managed to recover from canine infectious respiratory disease complex using a “last-resort” antibiotic called chloramphenicol. This illness has been spreading across several states, leaving dog owners worried. Ike’s successful treatment offers hope that this antibiotic may be effective in combating the disease.

Diagnosis and Treatment

After rushing Ike to the veterinarian, he was diagnosed with canine infectious respiratory disease complex, a condition that has dog owners on edge due to its potential severity. Recognizing the urgency, Ike was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital where he was placed in quarantine. Doctors began treating him with chloramphenicol, a powerful “last-resort” antibiotic known for its efficacy against bacterial infections.

The family of the dog, who spoke to ABC7, expressed their relief at the antibiotic’s effectiveness. Within hours of starting the treatment, Ike’s labored breathing subsided. Becky Oliver, the owner, said, “It’s a very, very strong last-resort antibiotic, but it’s what saved him. Otherwise, he would not be here.”

The Spread of the Disease

Canine infectious respiratory disease complex has been rapidly spreading across more than a dozen states, including California, Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and various states in the Northeast. Oregon alone has reported over 200 cases of this illness, raising concerns among dog owners and authorities alike.

Despite the successful recovery of Ike and others, officials have not yet commented on the overall efficacy of chloramphenicol in treating this particular disease. However, with Ike’s remarkable turnaround, there is hope that this “last-resort” antibiotic may provide a crucial avenue for treating and containing the illness.