We are making this post to make sure you have the most relevant and important information on the new disease sweeping through the United States, affecting hundreds of dogs every week. It originated in Oregon but is now sweeping across the United States.
What is it?
To be honest, veterinarians don’t really know exactly what this disease is… However, it seems to mirror some aspects of Bordetella, leaving some to refer to it as “Bordetella on steroids or Canine COVID”. It is referred to as an “atypical respiratory infection”; atypical meaning it is a strand that has not been seen before but mimics other types of respiratory illnesses.
What should I look for?
Common symptoms include mild to moderate cough, sneezing, diarrhea, and recurring or chronic pneumonia that is non-responsive to antibiotics. If your canine has been coughing for 6-8 weeks and is seemingly unresponsive to antibiotics or has presented with pneumonia for the first time and is no longer responding to antibiotics, you should seek emergency veterinarian care.
What should I do?
Most importantly, make sure your canine is up to date on all vaccines: vaccinate your dogs for K9 influenza, Bordetella, and parainfluenza. Additionally, avoid sharing food and water dishes between animals, including those in your home. Dog parks, unnecessary grooming, and unnecessary exposure to other animals should be avoided at all cost.
If your pups show signs of a persistent cough or any of the above symptoms, seek immediate veterinarian care.
How serious is it?
This disease is very serious. In the same way COVID swept across the globe, we have already seen a rapid increase in spreading in the United States.
What is CCU doing to prevent the spread?
Our Kennel Master has implemented an emergency action plan for all Kennel Technicians, Trainers, and Handlers to follow carefully. Included in this plan is the increased sanitization of shared kennel spaces, more frequent cleaning of all kennels, and more careful observation of canine behaviors.
As has always been the case, we require all canines to be fully vaccinated before stepping foot on CCU’s campus, as they must be cleared by the Kennel Master beforehand. Additionally, all Technicians, Trainers, and Handlers are required to perform health checks on the canine before beginning training or removing the canine from a vehicle or kennel.
If you have any questions about what CCU is doing to prevent the spread of the “Canine COVID”, feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 877-799-4806.