We’ve had multiple questions regarding the recent Canine Respiratory Illness that is making headlines in the media. Various veterinary clinics have reported an increase in cases of canine respiratory illness in some states, ranging from mild upper respiratory signs to severe pneumonia. While the specific cause is currently unknown, diagnostic testing is underway.
We recommend exercising caution over fear when it comes to this suspected new illness. As with any contagious illness, we recommend all dog owners ensure pets are current on respiratory disease vaccines, up to date on their annual physical, and have limited exposure to other dogs. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms such as excessive coughing, labored breathing, significant lethargy, or loss of appetite, contact us at Peninsula Pet Hospital for an appointment. If we are unable to facilitate an appointment promptly due to an increased patient load, please bring your pet into a local urgent care facility like Sage Redwood City or MedVet Mountain View.
As a way to protect Peninsula Pet Hospital from this disease we are asking that all dogs who are brought in for suspected respiratory disease remain in your vehicle and are not brought into the waiting room. All physical exams for dogs with suspected respiratory illnesses will be conducted outside of the hospital in the parking lot, patients with respiratory disease that require isolated hospitalization will be referred to local specialty hospitals for continued care.
Follow this link for the full FAQ: Canine Respiratory Illness