***Update***** It may not be viral, but bacterial and resistant to antibiotics.
There is a new respiratory virus emerging called Canine Atypical Respiratory Disease. There are currently no reported cases in Washington (closest has been Oregon) and it does seem to be isolated to canines only. However, it is long lasting, non to minimally responsive to antibiotics, and has a high mortality rate.
Signs of illness:
- Nasal DIscharge
At this point the best protection for your dog is to limit exposure. Limit time at grooming and boarding facilities, dog parks, and other densely dog populated areas. If you do need to use grooming and boarding; Use dog social distancing, at least 6 feet from other dogs and do not allow the sharing of toys, blankets, bed, and food and water bowls. Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations. Closely monitor your dog for any signs of illness. If you do see any signs, isolate your pet and call your veterinarian and get medical support immediately. Do not wait!
Respiratory disease is spread through respiratory secretions from licking, coughing, sneezing, and barking. DOgs who come into close contact are at increased risk. It spreads both directly and indirectly through objects such as kennels, bowls, and leashes, or from people who come into contact with infected dogs. The incubation period is short (1 to 8 days) and dogs are most contagious during this time even while they are not showing outward signs of illness. there is also the possibility of carriers, who never show any signs of illness, but can still shed the virus.
Currently there are 3 vaccines that protect dogs from respiratory viruses: DHPP, Bordatella, and Canine Influenza. All breeds and ages are susceptible, however special care should be taken with young, elderly, and brachycephalic (smushy faced) dogs. Higher risk dogs, those who need to be at places where dogs typically gather, such a boarding, should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
At this time the best protection is to keep your dog at home and keep distance on walks.
Please share this information with other dog owners.
For further information and updates, please refer to reliable sources for information, such as ARG.wa.gov