As some of you may have heard there is an outbreak of a respiratory infection affecting dogs. This outbreak was first reported in New Hampshire last year and has now been documented in about 14 states across the US. As we reported before, the cause is unknown but what we do know is that affected dogs quickly become sick and tend to develop pneumonia. Most dogs will recover although some have died. The treatment is supportive in nature and may involve the need to hospitalize your pet. It may take weeks for your dog to recover.
If your dog develops a cough, runny nose, lethargy, decreased activity, decreased appetite or difficulty breathing you should call us immediately. If we are not open, please contact an emergency or urgent care center for guidance or treatment if needed.
Pets most at risk are those having contact with other dogs routinely, such as in a daycare or boarding situation, dog park and pet store exposure. We are recommending that anyone whose dogs routinely have contact with other dogs be more vigilant for early signs of illness. All dog owners should limit their dogs contacts to other dogs, particularly transient contact with dogs of unknown health status. Keep your dog away from sick dogs. Isolate your dog if they become sick. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are current.
Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs:
* Abnormal discharges from the nose, eyes, or other body openings. * Abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, or lethargy. * Abnormal lumps, limping, or difficulty getting up or lying down. * Loss of appetite, marked weight losses or gains, or excessive water consumption. * Difficult, abnormal, or uncontrolled waste elimination. * Excessive head shaking, scratching, and licking or biting any part of the body. * Dandruff, loss of hair, open sores, or a ragged or dull coat. * Foul breath or excessive tarter deposits on teeth.