Canine Respiratory Disease

Canine Respiratory Disease

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Please note:  For the monthly vaccination clinics, we ask that patrons remain in their car with their pet. Staff will come to you with the appropriate paperwork and will bring your pet into the shelter for vaccines

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has received calls over the past two months from practicing veterinarians reporting an elevated number of canine respiratory disease cases in the state. Other states, including Oregon, Florida, and New Hampshire, are seeing a similar pattern at this time. The CDA is working with partners from Colorado State University (CSU), Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the USDA and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to coordinate on the situation.

Outbreaks of canine infectious respiratory disease are not uncommon and happen from time to time in the dog population. There are a number of different pathogens that can cause respiratory disease in dogs that are primarily transmitted through the air by respiratory droplets when dogs breathe and especially when they cough.

Symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge and lethargy.

Here are a few things you can do to protect your pet:

  • Ensure dogs are up to date on vaccinations, including canine influenza, bordetella, and parainfluenza.
  • Reduce your pet’s exposure by limiting commingling with other dogs outside the home (including dog parks, boarding, grooming, and play groups.)
  • Consult with your veterinarian if your dog becomes ill. Early diagnostics may help in getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment. If your dog becomes ill or presents symptoms, keep them at home to avoid exposure to other dogs.

Dog owners should contact their veterinarian with additional questions or for more information. The Routt County Humane Society Wellness Clinic phone number is 970-457-8002.

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