We've had a lot of questions and concerns recently in regards to the recent respiratory disease outbreak that's been going on locally. It seems to have started in New Hampshire though we have been seeing an increase in dogs with kennel cough like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge) as well. We've been testing our patients as we see them and so far none of them are testing positive for the common causes of "kennel cough" such as bordetella and influenza. Hopefully in the near future we will have more information on what's causing it but what we do know right now:
It seems to be fairly contagious. It's affecting dogs who don't go to high traffic areas such as daycares, dog parks etc but is spreading quickly through those settings as well.
It seems to be mild and self limiting for dogs that are vaccinated against kennel cough.
It has been reported to be causing pneumonia, however we have fortunately not seen any cases.
Precautions we are taking:
If your pet is showing any of these signs we will have you wait in your car until a staff member is available to take you directly into a room with your pet.
Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment to minimize the spread in our hospital.
All rooms are sanitized after coming into contact with potentially infected dogs.
We will keep you updated as we get more information but for now, monitor your dogs and be cautious about bringing them to dogs parks, daycare etc. Like COVID, if your pet is showing symptoms please do not allow them to come in contact with any other dogs.