Kennel Cough Outbreak. MUST READ.

KENNEL COUGH

As previously mentioned, Kennel Cough has been going around the run. GET YOUR DOG VACCINATED NOW.

Here is a video that will give you tips on what to look for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YuWHL8eSug

(Look for it @ about 1:10min and 2:06min)

If you have seen ANYTHING like this, take your dog to the vet asap and keep them out of the dog run until it has cleared.

Dog runs are like classrooms, illnesses spread easy and fast. This kind of thing is common in all dog runs, not unique to us. Especially with the pools. We have had a couple of dogs get Pneumonia on top of the kennel cough, so do not take this lightly.

Children in the Dog Run

CHILDREN IN THE RUN

This afternoon (7.26.13)  there was a woman ‘babysitting’  4-5 children and her one small dog. The kids were running around, chasing dogs, spraying them with the hose, leaving gates open and, to me, it seemed like no one was doing anything about it. I had already walked out of the run to go home and felt compelled to return to fix it before something happened. I went back in and gave the ‘guardian’ and her kids a nice lesson, calmly might I add, about how a dog run works and how people are expected to act, it was a teachable moment. They seemed to get it, but it takes a village…..

Eventually one of these kids is either going to get bit, or, a dog is going to run out through an open gate. EVERYONE needs to step up and let the guardian know how to properly act with children w/i a run. We cannot take a ‘mind my business’ approach, or be shy about it. The rules clearly state: NO CHILDREN W/O A DOG AND A PARENT.

The run is not a babysitting area. Large groups of kids belong in the playground. If someone gives an attitude about it, calmly explain to them that an adult w/o a child is not allowed in the playground area, and the same kind of rule applies to the dog run. You can also point to the Parks Dept provided rules and the ones on the entrance gate. I explained about the gates being left open and the woman (not the kids @ that point) left them open twice more.

The concept of a dog run and how it works is NEW to many people in our ‘hood, especially non dog owners. It is up to us to educate these folks. Get involved before it is your dog that gets manhandled/cornered by a child looking to play and then reacts by biting them. When only *1* person says something about it, and everyone else just stands around, it makes it appear that the person trying to get the situation under control is ‘crazy’, but in reality they are the most sane person there, when you think about it.

The safety of the dogs is our greatest concern and that many kids is an accident waiting to happen.

Greenthumbs/Gardeners needed for our Greenspace

We are looking to do some simple weeding within the greenspace around the dog run, the crab grass has gone wild! Future plantings (trees, butterfly garden, etc) will take place in the Fall.

If you are interested in helping please reply to sudsmutts@hotmail.com and we can look into the earliest date that we could get moving w/i the space before the crab grass takes over the neighorhood:)

We will be getting a key from the Parks Dept to get into the area.
Thanks

Possible new strain of KENNEL COUGH going around the run

The email below details a 2nd case of Kennel Cough to be reported from the run. GET YOUR DOGS VACCINATED AGAINST IT NOW. Dogs MUST be up to date on ALL shots, this includes kennel cough (caused by the Bordatella bacteria or a parainfluenza virus)

Web M.D. has quite a good resource on kennel cough: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/kennel-cough-in-dogs?page=1 So does the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/kennel-cough

Here are a couple videos clearly showing the two major symptoms:  1) wheezy/honking/hacking cough, with white foamy spit-up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNRU_6Uvsp0 2) reverse sneezing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkDE_7rD8vU

Any dogs who persistently show either of these symptoms should stay out  of the dog park, away from groups of dogs, and not drinking from public water sources until these symptoms have disappeared and not returned for at least a week (even better: a couple weeks without symptoms) to prevent the spread.


Email from SUDS member:

“My dog seems to have contracted kennel cough caused by Bordatella bacteria or a parainfluenza virus. He started showing unmistakable signs overnight, but we’re going to the vet asap to verify. Thing is, my dog received the vaccine for kennel cough just a couple months ago, which is protective against the most common strains for 6 months to a year. We also opted for the more expensive nose-administered version because it produces a stronger immune response (and better protection).

This suggests there may be a variant going around that isn’t protected – or protected very well – by the first half of the year’s vaccine. This is especially true because my dog is a couple years old and extraordinarily healthy. The kennel cough vaccine is kind of like the flu vaccine: it offers a lot of protection, but new strains can evolve resistance and infect the vaccinated. The good news? Those vaccinated, including dogs, usually see far milder infections/symptoms than those who didn’t get the vaccine.

As you probably know, this is rarely a life-threatening for healthy adult dogs, and there isn’t often much you can do unless the cause is the bacteria – in that case antibiotics prescribed by a vet can help. It’s mostly a game of soothing the dog’s irritated windpipe, making sure they eat, etc. But either contagion – virus or bacteria – can develop into a more serious condition like pneumonia for puppies and elderly dogs, who have weaker immune systems.

This is one of many reasons why we’re going to stay far away from the dog park until we haven’t seen any symptoms for a solid couple of weeks (i.e. give us a month or longer, as infection typically lasts a few weeks). It’s highly contagious, and even perfectly healthy-looking dogs can contract and spread it BEFORE they show symptoms, and AFTER the symptoms have gone.

I know you already sent an email about not bringing sick dogs to the dog park, but it may be worth sharing an announcement specifically about kennel cough, what the typical symptoms are, treatment, etc. Sure, it’s a publicly owned park, but it’s a good unwritten rule that if any dogs don’t have this vaccine, they really shouldn’t come to the park until they’ve received the vaccine and it’s effective (usually takes a week or two). This is true of any other dog park, too.

You may also want to mention that regular vaccines every 6 months are the most important for puppies and older dogs. Like the annual flu shot, the very young and old are most at risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions without the vaccine.”