Understanding the Recent Canine Respiratory Illness

Dogs, Infectious Diseases

In light of recent reports on a mysterious respiratory illness affecting dogs, we want to provide you with practical advice to help keep your furry friends safe and healthy. At Companion Animal Clinic, we understand the importance of addressing your concerns, and we are dedicated to keeping you informed.

This article published by NPR helps explain what veterinarians know so far about this outbreak.

As of now, there are no reported cases of this respiratory illness in Virginia. However, we recommend taking precautionary measures to protect your pets:

Vaccinations Matter: Ensure your pets are up to date on vaccinations, with a special emphasis on Bordetella and K9 Influenza vaccines. These vaccinations play a crucial role in preventing the spread of respiratory infections.

Limit Exposure: Exercise caution in environments with other animals, particularly those with unknown vaccine status. Consider limiting your dog’s exposure to public spaces, including dog parks, daycare, and boarding facilities, especially if your pet is elderly or has a weakened immune system.

Watch for Symptoms: Be vigilant for any signs of illness in your pets. If you notice coughing, sneezing, eye discharge, lethargy, or difficulty breathing, it’s crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly. Early detection and intervention can make a significant difference in your pet’s recovery.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated veterinary team. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as needed.

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your beloved pets.

Companion Animal Clinic has been serving Blacksburg, Virginia and surrounding Montgomery and Christiansburg communities since 1974. We are an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital and provide quality, professional care for dogs, cats, exotics, and small mammals. Learn more about our amazing team.

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