Scampers Health Alert - Bordetella - Oct 9, 2017
Dear --FNAME--
We're learning that there have been a number of cases of Bordetella, otherwise known as Kennel Cough or Canine Upper Respiratory disease, in the eastside neighborhood.

Bordetella is extremely contagious, and particles expelled by a sneezing or coughing dog can travel long distances and remain infectious for several hours. It's essentially the same as a nasty bronchial cough or flu.

Those who are most vulnerable to picking up the infection are dogs who meet up with lots of other dogs, as in a doggy daycare or dog park, or dogs who travel where other dogs have traveled - the elevator of a condo or the lobby of the veterinarian's clinic.
Symptoms to watch for include runny nose and eyes, sneezing, and a deep, loud, honking cough that may end with retching, and sometimes lethargy and lack of appetite. Some dogs feel quite energetic at the early stages, but remember that a deep cough is a pretty strong warning sign.
The good news is that, typically, Bordetella is quickly and easily handled with veterinary treatment including cough suppressant and antibiotic, as long as it is treated early. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious health concerns like pneumonia, which can be life threatening, especially for young puppies and for elderly dogs.

Be aware that the visit to the vet will require careful coordination with their staff to protect any dogs who may be in the waiting room when you arrive for your visit. If you need to bring your dog to the vet, it's likely that you'll be directed to another entrance.
Scampers Cleaning Protocols
At Scampers, we routinely make every effort to keep our facility as clean as possible, including daily disinfecting of all surfaces as well as spot cleaning all of the smaller, eliminations of the dogs in our care. We mop with disinfectant cleaners on all floors, and we wash the fencing with disinfectant cleaner. The disinfectant we use is pet safe, but is rated effective on Bordetella virus, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Further, our cleaning protocols are reviewed by and fully approved by the King County Board of Health.

Please do not bring your pooch for daycare or boarding if you hear your dog sneezing any more than might be caused by snoosing up a dust mote - or any coughing at all until you're absolutely certain there's no possibility of any illness that would be shared to the other dogs in attendance.

And, of course, make sure your pooch is current on all vaccinations.

Our wranglers are super vigilant, listening for dogs who start coughing or retching. If we see a dog displaying any suspect symptoms, we isolate that dog and then call their owner to ask that he or she be picked up immediately and brought to their veterinarian for assessment and treatment.
Whenever a new strain of Bordetella breaks out, we see a handful of cases among our population, and as long as they're treated quickly, the pooches feel much better very soon. Within a couple of weeks, the outbreak peters out, until the next one. Remember that this is very much like a cold or flu at a child's school, and while the cough is a nasty one, it'll be over soon.

Very best regards,
Linda Olsen and Stina Hughes 
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