To Our Valued Dog Owners,

The All Creatures Veterinary Hospital team wants to always provide you with information that may affect your pets. You may have noticed in the news reports across the country a “mystery illness” that has been affecting dogs resulting in coughing, sneezing, eye or nose discharge and lethargy. To ensure the well-being of your furry companions, here are some proactive steps you can take:

1. Ensure Vaccinations are Up-to-Date:

Regularly update your dog's vaccinations, including those for canine influenza, Bordetella, and parainfluenza. This is your pet’s best protection against potential infections and significantly contributes to their overall health. Book an appointment now if your dog is overdue.

2. Watch for Symptoms:

Be vigilant for symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge, and lethargy. If your dog exhibits any of these signs, contact your veterinarian promptly.

4. Reduce Contact with Unknown and Sick Dogs:

Minimize contact with large groups of unknown dogs, as increased exposure raises the risk of encountering infectious agents. Additionally, steer clear of visibly sick dogs by observing signs such as coughing, runny nose, or runny eyes.

5. Keep Sick Dogs at Home:

If your dog is unwell, keep them at home and seek veterinary care promptly. This not only protects other dogs from potential exposure but also ensures your pet receives the necessary attention.

6. Avoid Communal Water Bowls:

Steer clear of communal water bowls shared by multiple dogs. This reduces the risk of transmission through shared resources and helps maintain a healthy environment.

Remember, your proactive efforts play a crucial role in preventing and managing infectious diseases. By staying informed, maintaining regular veterinary check-ups, and following these guidelines, you contribute to the overall well-being of your canine companions.

You can also visit the AVMA Website for more information on Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex: 

Please reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health.  

Wishing you and your furry friends continued health and happiness,

Your Team at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital