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"The Barking Bunch"
by Jeanne Rylatt

The Black Russian Kids that are living with us now are:
Andre' & DaBear ~ ChaCha & Danika


April 8, 2011


FYI   .....This e-mail was on one of my dog forums. 

>An outbreak of an unknown respiratory illness has left dozens of dogs
>sick in the Durango area and veterinarians expect more dogs will
>become infected.
>Riverview Animal Hospital veterinarian Stacee Santi said the mystery
>virus is infecting dogs throughout the area. The animal hospital she
>works at has seen 40 cases in the past few weeks. She said each dog is
>coughing, wheezing, and at times is left gasping for air.
>"It's getting bad quick," Santi said. "These animals are acting sick,
>they don't want to eat, they don't want to play, and they have a very
>bad deep cough."
>The 1st case was reported in February [2011]. Santi said since then
>the number of sick dogs in the city has skyrocketed. "In the whole
>community there have probably been at least 100 cases" Santi said.
>The sick dogs are put on 2 powerful antibiotics for 2 weeks. Santi
>said it appears to be helping. However, she said for some the virus
>has proven to be too strong. "We've had to hospitalize a few of those
>for intensive treatment," Santi said. "It's been life threatening for
>Santi said she typically sees around 1 or 2 cases of dogs suffering
>from pneumonia in a year. However, her animal hospital has already
>seen 8 cases in the past few weeks. She said there have been more than
>20 cases throughout the city.
>"When the lungs become so infected they can't breathe well and we
>have to support with oxygen, IV fluids," Santi said.
>Santi said what worries her most is they don't know what's causing
>the outbreak. So for the past few weeks, veterinarians in the Durango
>area have been collecting swabs from the infected dogs' throats and
>eyelids and sending the samples to specialists.
>It's something Santi said she has never had to do in her 15 years of
>practice. Until Durango veterinarians get this outbreak under control
>they are being extra careful about what dogs they send out of town
>for specialized treatments.
>Robert Peterson. DVM, MS
>High Quality Research
>Fort Collins, CO 80527


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