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I was alerted by a couple of clients this weekend, that their dog had come down with kennel cough. One dog started showing symptoms Friday and one last night. As I explained in previous newsletter, buy the time a dog starts showing symptoms, he will already have been shedding the virus for a number of days.

I want everyone to be well informed so they can make the decision that is right for them. First of all, even though kennel cough is annoying, its usually not a serious condition for the dog, Usually they will have the same level of energy and it doesn't seem to affect their appetite. If there are any changes, you should have the dog see your vet.

All dogs that were staying with us the last 10 days, have potentially been exposed. Keep an eye on your dog. If your dog starts showing symptoms, please keep him home. Previously I asked everyone to wait till 5 days after the symptoms subsided before they return. To be on the safe side, I want everyone to wait 7 days after the symptoms have gone away.

This condition has been introduced to us from somewhere else, obviously. Dogs can pick this up anywhere they would meet an infected dog, but the risks are greater in places where a lot of dogs gather. Therefore I want to urge anyone to follow our guidelines: if your dog has been to another day care, boarding facility or groomer, please wait 14 days before you bring him to the ranch. I want to add dog parks to that list. And if your dog has been near a dog that shows symptoms, assume your dog has been exposed and wait 14 days before you bring him back to us.

In the meantime, we will sanitize everyday, from top to bottom. I apologize for the inconvenience this situation causes. We want everyone who comes to us, to have the best experience. We do everything we can to reduce the risk. I want to ask all of you to help us reduce that risk by being alert, recognize the symptoms and follow our guidelines.

Dirk Broersma