Canine Respiratory Disease Flare Up
June 17th, 2015
According to some very reliable sources, there has been a recent waive of respiratory disease in dogs. This most recent "outbreak" occurred at a dog show in Northeast Ohio. We are not sure of the details at this time, only that over 50 dogs have been affected. These dogs presented with signs of pneumonia and a green tinted nasal discharge. It was reported to us as a potential canine influenza outbreak, though this is yet to be confirmed.
As in all instances, we recommend awaiting all details before getting overly excited.
It is possible that this is an outbreak of one of the two straind of canine influenza. Several of the infected dogs have been tested and there will be more details that emerge with time.
As far as our recommendations at this time, we suggest that all dogs that frequent dog parks, pet stores, obedience classes, boarding and daycare facilities, or other areas in which it is common for mnay dog to congregate be effectively vaccinated every 6 months agains Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough). In addition, we recommend that dogs that are borading receive appropriate vaccination against Canine Influenza (H3N8). There is currently no vaccine for the newly emerged staring of Canine Influeza, though it is possible that cross protection exists from one strain to the other.
Article written and submitted by Dr. Jeffrey R. Fink