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New Canine Respiratory Disease

Certain areas in Montana are experiencing an outbreak of severe respiratory disease.   The State Veterinarian has received reports from Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Butte, Roundup and Redlodge so far.  Signs are similar to a severe case of “kennel cough”, but this is not the “kennel cough” dogs have been vaccinated for.  Canine influenza is suggested but further testing is in progress.

We have a vaccine for influenza (H3N2) if you would like your dog vaccinated for it.  It requires a series of two injections three weeks apart and the dog must be at least 8 weeks of age.  Limiting your dog’s exposure to other dogs or public water bowls,  etc is recommended at this time.

“Doc when do we know it’s time?”

This is a question we are confronted with concerning our clients pets all of the time.  Two of the best websites that we have recently come across that may be of help are:   Pawspice.com: Click on Services tab; then select Quality of Life Care of Life Scale

The other website is Lapoflove.com:  Click on Quality of Life Tab