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 Red lodge 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.