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Dogs can play in parks: Respiratory disease has peaked

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Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

Dr. Casey Gruber of Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic said the peak is past for the odd respiratory ailment that was sweeping through the Red Lodge area and affecting some local dogs this summer. Dogs can go to dog parks. “’We have not seen any for over a month. That’s pretty much standard throughout the state.”
However, Gruber cautioned, “We are continuing to recommend that dogs that go into dog parks, groomers, boarding facilities or comingling, be up to date on Bordatello and Influenza h3n8.” But as far as the formerly high risk of catching the disease at the parks he said, “That’s not my concern in the Red Lodge community or neighboring towns of that being present.”
The respiratory ailment had flu and “kennel cough” like symptoms but did not seem to be prevented by a prior flu shot or Bordello (kennel cough) vaccination.
The likelihood is always present that traveling dogs accompanying tourists or visiting relatives will bring in some disease. “Especially in the summer,” said Gruber, “we see dogs from all over the country here so we need to be a little more diligent.”
Vaccine is the number one option for prevention and reducing the likelihood of a severe medical problem.
Dogs that have been vaccinated for the two diseases-one or both-seem to fare better. They still get sick but required less medical alternatives and better prognosis.
When asked what the disease was he replied, “To the best of my knowledge, it has not definitively been confirmed.”
There are suspicions, rumors about a type of influenza strain so as right now the official diagnosis for the outbreak is undetermined.
Ne noted, “We took precautions at our clinic, checking dogs outside the clinic before letting them in or boarding them. We don’t see those cases anymore.”
Gruber said he is not aware of any continued efforts at testing to identify the disease but at this point it has not been identified as any known strain of flu.

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