Attention Dog Parents,
We are writing to provide important information regarding a respiratory infection that is currently affecting dogs in Central Arkansas. We have been in contact with a local veterinarian, who suspects that the illness could be either a rare case of Canine Influenza or K9 Cough (we are not a vet so please call them for clarification). Despite our diligent efforts to ensure all incoming pups are vaccinated against Bordetella, it is regrettable that this does not always prevent them from contracting another type of K9 Cough and the same thing with the different strains of Influenza. As far as we know, we have not had any confirmed cases of this random bug going around here at Pawsh Park nor had any kind of outbreak!
We kindly request your utmost attention in monitoring your dog for any potential symptoms. These may include persistent coughing, sneezing, or any form of discharge from the eyes or nose, with green discharge being the most common. If you notice any of these symptoms or anything unusual in your dog, we kindly ask you to refrain from bringing them to Pawsh Park in order to prevent the spread of the infection to other pups.
Although we have not had an outbreak at our facility, our staff is on high alert, and any pups exhibiting these symptoms will unfortunately be sent home. We prioritize the safety and well-being of all the pups at Pawsh Park. While we have stringent cleaning and sanitization protocols in place, it is important to note that many dog illnesses are airborne or spread during play, such as nose-to-nose contact, mouth-to-mouth interaction, and contact with various surfaces. It becomes challenging to prevent such interactions in a group play setting with pups. Moreover, it is common for a pup to be contagious and spread germs for 3-5 days before showing any symptoms themselves, making it difficult for us and other parents to identify sickness in advance.
If you have any questions or if your pup is experiencing any of these symptoms, I strongly recommend contacting your veterinarian for further guidance and information. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment for all the dogs in our care.