Pet parents in metro Detroit are worried after a disease that has only been known to affect humans has been discovered for the first time in dogs. A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension — which up until now has only been classified as a human lung disease —

has also been discovered in dogs, according to a Michigan State University study. “Our research is the first to document the existence of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, or PVOD, in dogs,” Kurt Williams, the lead author of the study and an expert in respiratory pathology in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said in a statement. “PVOD is considered one of the most severe forms of pulmonary hypertension.” READ MORE