It has come to our attention that there have been some very serious cases of kennel cough spreading throughout the Wilmington community. This aggressive strain of kennel cough has caused a rapid onset of illness and has resulted in the death of at least two dogs in Wilmington. We are working diligently with other area veterinarians, laboratory and other veterinary professionals to help isolate the spread and identify the strain so we can best prevent, and treat, this illness. At this time, it appears the pets we have tested are being affected by Mycoplasma Cynos, a bacteria that can cause pneumonia.
What we are doing...
We continue to utilize the highest sanitation and disinfecting measures to kill a myriad of viruses and bacteria that can contribute to illness. These procedures are used in our kennel, hospital and play areas to reduce the potential for illness and protect your pets. Our staff is trained to monitor for any symptoms of illness and we have procedures in place to separate and treat any pets identified. But in an abundance of caution, we have closed our doggie daycare and dayboarding services and reduced our boarding and grooming capacity to further reduce the potential points of spread.
We are screening every dog arriving boarding, bathing or grooming on a daily basis. This screening includes questions on any symptoms and temperature. Any pet identified with a temperature of greater than 102.5 will not be admitted for boarding, bathing or grooming. We will communicate each pet owner at that time how they should proceed and when their pet may return.
This will continue until we feel that any immediate concern for spread has subsided.
What you can do...
Monitor your pet for any of the following symptoms:
- Nasal Discharge
- Eye Discharge
If your pet exhibits these symptoms then please seek veterinary care for your pet. If your pet has been in contact with a pet who has been diagnosed with kennel cough, or who has exhibited these signs, please consult your veterinarian.
We encourage you to limit your dogs activities and only utilize grooming and boarding services if absolutely necessary. We understand this is challenging for our pet parents as we know how much the pups love their play time but as advocates for pet safety and health we feel it is our responsibility to do all we can to reduce the spread of this illness.
As always, we appreciate your trust in us to provide the very best for your pets.