The Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center in Michigan had to close its dog park and shelter temporarily because of kennel cough. Aside from the local shelter, the local veterinary clinics have also reported findings related to the kennel cough.
– A few cases of kennel cough were recorded in Bay County, Michigan.
– This led to the temporary closing of the Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center as well as their dog park.
– The symptoms of kennel cough include…
In a statement by the shelter, they shared, “We wanted to also alert the public that this seems to be very widespread and it’s extremely contagious, it’s a respiratory disease. They literally sound like they have a bad cold.” Just last week, three dogs were found to have the symptoms of kennel cough. Now, the shelter is working to treat these doggos and monitor them for further symptoms.
Initially, they were to re-open this Friday but another doggo started to develop symptoms. The closure will then be extended. The shelter also said of the reason for the closure of the shelter, “Every time you bring an animal in you run the risk of something come in because we don’t know oftentimes, especially if they’re a stray, we don’t know the background of these dogs other than us picking them up or somebody dropping them off.”
As for the dog park, it will hopefully be reopened by next week.
The symptoms of kennel cough include runny nose, sneezing, loss of appetite, low fever, lethargy, and strong cough. The illness can spread through airborne droplets and direct contact.
Read the thorough story by Caitlyn French at – https://www.mlive.com/