An increase in respiratory infections has recently been reported in dogs. It is currently unclear what type of organism is causing this infection, but it is being closely monitored by multiple state agencies. To date, there have been confirmed cases in Oregon (especially the Portland metro area, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene), Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. No cases have been reported in Washington.
It should be noted that this disease does not appear to be contagious to people.
At this time we are recommending monitoring for any signs of respiratory illness including: Coughing, Sneezing, Runny Nose or Eyes, Breathing Changes, or Decreased Appetite. If these signs are noticed, please contact us and keep your dog isolated to prevent further spread of illness.
We are also recommending you use caution in situations with large groups of dogs. Please avoid shared water bowls and toys with dogs outside your household. If you are planning to travel to one of the above-listed areas, an exam is recommended to discuss methods and prescribe herbs to safeguard your pet.
We will continue to you up to date on this matter as new information develops.