There is a cough going around. The vets &
UNLEASHED originally thought it was Kennel Cough but on Wednesday
September 13, Dr.Owings from Kibby Park Animal Hospital called to
let us know that she did a culture on some of the effected dogs and
in fact it is not Kennel Cough. It is an Upper Respiratory Infection
that is caused by a virus but we were not given a name of that
virus. This was confirmed on Friday by Crossroads Animal Hospital.
I have been in contact with
multiple pet care facilities from
around the state and the country. This virus is everywhere. It seems
to have started on the East Coast (New England area, Virginia, South
Carolina) and it is also in Arkansas, Georgia, Wisconsin &
California. It started in Detroit around Memorial Day, Grand Rapids
has been dealing with it for 6 weeks, as well as Lansing and Grand
This virus is very contagious and most
dogs that are getting it, the only symptom is a cough, some may
vomit and be lethargic and a small amount may get a secondary
infection because of the compromised immune system. The vets are
prescribing different things from antibiotics, steroids and
cough suppressants. We have heard that dogs should not come in
contact with other dogs anywhere from 7 days to a month.
If your dog comes to UNLEASHED and is
coughing, please keep them home away from other dogs, until at
least 7 days after their last cough.
Some good news is that we have heard
that dogs that have gotten it once are not getting it again.
We are doing everything we can to help
stop the spread of this virus. Any dog that is here for daycare
that coughs will have their owner called to pick them up as soon
as possible. Dogs that are boarding with us will be taken to the
vet for treatment. We are doing additional cleaning, constant
air exchanges and ventilation.
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Our facility features a
2,500 square foot indoor, climate controlled play area,
along with 1,500 square feet of secure outdoor play space for
runnin', wrestlin', rompin' doggie fun.
Our goal is to provide a
safe, fun and stimulating social environment for your pets while you are
away, whether it is for the day, while you are at work or for the week
while you are on vacation. We are here to look after your pet and
pamper them as if they were our own.
After exploring our
website, we are sure you will agree that UNLEASHED and lovin' it! is the
PREMIER pet care facility in Jackson, MI. Please feel free to e-mail or
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