|This information is identical to prior reports in Washington state from a prior week, meaning that spread is not actually occurring at the rapid pace that had been discussed in many earlier news reports. Additionally, while there have been 7 dogs in King County included in those 14 cases not considered “atypical” above, again, those figures have not changed from prior reports.
Dr. Scott Weese, an infectious disease veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College says it seems that certain parts of the country are experiencing an uptick in canine respiratory illness. However, it’s possible the deluge of media coverage and attention on social media has created the appearance of a nationwide outbreak that may not exist in reality. “I get an email a couple of times a week saying, ‘Hey, are we seeing more respiratory disease in dogs?” he says, “But I’ve been getting that email for like five years.” Source NPR, 12/1/23
Ultimately, veterinarians recommend that you ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are fully up to date, and that if your dog is an elder or a puppy, know that their immune system may not be robust enough to protect them from serious disease. We agree.
Additionally, we suggest that dog parks may not be the place to go; no one at the park is monitoring the vaccination status and health history of your pooch’s playmates.
But at Scampers, you can feel confident that the dogs in our play groups are up to date on all vaccines and that we have eyes watching for symptoms at all times. As always, any hint of illness will result in immediate isolation of that dog and call for pick-up. In fact, there have been NO reports of Kennel Cough, mysterious or typical, in either Scampers facility, in months!
We hope this provides some context to help you make responsible decisions for your own pups.