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Respiratory Disease Outbreak

Published on November 29, 2023 in Dog Health

Over the past two months, veterinarians across the Denver metro area have been seeing an elevated number of canine respiratory disease cases.

There has not been any conclusive testing to indicate what may be causing the increased prevalence of this respiratory disease. This does not necessarily mean this is a new or novel virus as there are many causes for canine respiratory infections.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently working with partners from Colorado State University, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association to coordinate on the situation.

Please visit Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University for the latest updates.

Our recommendations for pet owners:

  • Keep vaccines updated: While existing vaccines may not specifically target this unknown infection, maintaining overall health through routine vaccinations can help support a dog’s immune system in combating various infection. Optimal protection against common respiratory infections include Bordetella, Adenorivus 2 and Parainfluenza virus (included in the DHPP vaccine), and the canine influenza vaccine. Avoid bringing a dog into the community until two weeks after the last dose of a vaccine and immunity has developed.
  • Watch your pets closely: Monitor your dogs closely for progressive coughing that may be accompanied by signs of eye or nose discharge and sneezing.
  • Consult your veterinarian: If these clinical signs develop, consult us immediately, particularly if your dog loses its appetite, has trouble breathing, is coughing continually, or is extremely lethargic. We recommend scheduling an appointment ASAP as diagnostic tests should be performed within the first 72 hours of onset of symptoms.
  • Avoid voluntary gathering of dogs: For the time being, it would be prudent to avoid dog parks and other social events where your dog could have contact with dogs of unknown vaccination or health status. If boarding, day care, or grooming are required, complete the vaccinations described above before attending.

With this news, you may be concerned about bringing your pet to the vet. We want to advise you that this is a safe space and we have protocols in place to protect your pet against contagious diseases.

We do offer the option of curbside check-in. Please call us at 303-938-9474 to let us know that you have arrived. We will escort you inside once an examination room is ready.

Please contact us at 303-938-9474 if you have any additional questions. We are here to guide you through this process.