Canine Respiratory Disease Complex concerns 2023
We have taken the initiative of reaching out to local veterinarian offices, VESH, and the state veterinarian in an effort to make a plan to keep all our canine friends as safe as possible.
The experts believe the local risk is low, but encourage vigilance for any symptoms including a harsh cough, sneezing, discharge from the nose and eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and lethargic behavior. We are asking clients to please do the following: Monitor your dog in the morning for any symptoms or abnormal behavior.
Inform us if your dog appears sick and cancel your requested services as soon as possible. We will offer a credit for canceling before the time of service.
Inform our team if your dog is participating in dog-related activities outside of our company including boarding, daycare, group training, or dog sports.
Please ensure your dog's veterinary information, including vaccinations, are up to date in Time to Pet
At the onset of any potential symptoms please contact your local veterinary office and inform our team immediately. Please be aware that we have requested the following from our team as well: Monitor dogs for up to 30 seconds for signs of illness during pick-up before beginning the service.
To leave dogs who seem ill at home after a let out and to inform the owner.
To disinfect their cars and bedding regularly.We hope that by working together we can continue to provide you and your dogs with a high-quality experience in which you can be assured your dog will remain safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Sincerely, the SPS team
Statement from local vet Sunderland Vet Clinic
Canine Respiratory Disease Complex concerns Nov 21, 2023
• This has been seen since earlier this year when there were dogs in NH that were
coming down with a disease complex. Recently, the news outlets have reported
the issue more prominently nationwide.
• Signs are coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge and lethargy. These are
typical for ANY respiratory disease in dogs. In SOME cases this may progress to
fever and pneumonia.
• We are not certain as to what the organism is in part due to difficulty testing.
• Testing needs to be done early in the course of the disease. Often these patients
are not examined until much later where testing is often negative.
Cases have a distribution of states across the US. Most often it is New Hampshire,
Oregon and Colorado. Could not find information indicating that Massachusetts
have had cases which were not from New Hampshire.
• Have dogs up to date on Respiratory Disease vaccinations. Our vaccine includes both
Bordetella AND Parainfluenza which often associated with respiratory illness.
• Do your best to reduce contact with dogs who have unknown vaccine status. If kenneling
check to determine if any issues have been reported by the kennel.
• If your dog becomes ill contact your veterinarian.