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August 11, 2017
As many of you know, we are experiencing an outbreak of kennel cough in Cody right now. Kennel cough can be caused by many different viruses and bacteria, some of which cause fairly minor disease and some cause more serious disease. Of the dogs we have tested so far, we have isolated parainfluenza virus (one dog had both parainfluenza and mycoplasma). This is NOT the "canine flu"; luckily parainfluenza is one of the viruses that causes fairly mild disease. It is important not to take any respiratory disease lightly as secondary infections with more serious pathogens may occur, but most parainfluenza infections will run their course and the dog should recover within a few weeks. Coughing dogs should be isolated for up to 3 weeks (or one week after coughing has stopped). Most kennel cough pathogens are highly contagious and can be spread on clothes, shoes, and other objects.
Bozeman, MT has 2 confirmed cases of Canine influenza H3N2 with more tests pending (out of hundreds of cases of coughing dogs.). The Bozeman outbreak testing has revealed a wide variety of pathogens with no clear primary pathogen. Our lab tested for a different strain of influenza so we will be collecting and sending samples to Cornell University to test for both strains. We have stocked the influenza vaccine (it does cover both strains). A series of 2 injections are needed and dogs who start the series will not reach peak protection until a few weeks after the second vaccination.
For more information on kennel cough, http://www.veterinarypartner.com/ is an excellent source.
For more information on canine influenza, Cornell University has the most up-to-date information. http://www.vet.cornell.edu/Baker/News/CanineInfluenzaUpdates.cfm