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Canine Respiratory Infection:
Hempfield Animal Hospital has become aware of a recent increase of serious upper respiratory infection cases in dogs in states such as Oregon, California and Colorado, and also Pennsylvania, among others. Concerned clients have contacted us for recommendations as we move into the holiday season and travel plans are being finalized.
Thankfully, at our clinic we have not seen a dramatic increase in coughing dogs nor cases of unusually severe respiratory problems in dogs and we do not think there is an immediate threat locally. Contagious, upper-respiratory infections are always at greater risk in scenarios where dogs are in group settings. Examples of this include, but are not limited to; off leash dog parks, boarding, day care and grooming facilities. Vaccines and reducing group interaction are the best prevention for infection.
Unfortunately, at this time, the cause of these recent cases is unknown and so it is difficult to say which vaccine, if any, may be most effective. Avoiding exposure is likely the best protection.
The recommendation of Hempfield Animal Hospital is to ensure your dog is currently up to date on their vaccines, pay close attention to symptoms such as a new cough, especially if combined with lethargy, and reduce their exposure to other dogs by avoiding group settings. If you are traveling to areas where Canine Influenza has been documented, please speak with your veterinarian to determine if vaccination is appropriate for your dog. We are especially concerned about our patients who are seniors, and/or patients who receive their DHPP (the distemper combo, which includes parainfluenza) vaccination every 3 years. Ensuring your pup is currently up to date on both their Bordetella vaccine and their DHPP is critical. At this time, if you are traveling or planning on boarding, we are recommending a booster for the Bordetella and DHPP vaccine.
The Canine Influenza vaccine has not been a part of our hospitals vaccine protocol previously as we have never had a local outbreak of this disease and our veterinarian tailors our vaccine recommendations to the individual patient needs. However, given the increased incidents of this disease in other states, we will begin stocking this vaccine to help support our patients who are traveling or otherwise at greater risk.
If your pup is not currently up to date on their vaccines, or is displaying a new cough, especially if combined with lethargy, please do not allow them to interact with other dogs and contact our hospital to schedule an exam. Otherwise, please carefully consider your travel plans and the additional risk of group settings. For more information, please click the banner below:
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