As many of you are aware the Bangor and great Bangor area experienced a recent canine respiratory infection outbreak. This highly contagious disease is typically caused by one of the many infectious agents such as canine adenovirus, parainfluenza virus, or bacteria called boredetella bronchiseptica. It is a highly contagious infection that is spread by nose to nose contact or contact with aerosolized droplets. Most dogs that contracted this infection were up to date on their parainfluenza and Bordetella vaccinations. Once the outbreak was clear, we elected to culture any coughing dogs that presented to our clinic to screen for canine influenza.
We then progressed to screening them for the full, extensive respiratory panel. Through our investigation we were able to identify that the majority of the coughing dogs that presented to the Hampden Veterinary Clinic were positive for the parainfluenza virus. Almost all the dogs were up to date on the parainfluenza vaccine. The dogs contracted the disease from day care, grooming, kennels, and sport dog competitions. We have contacted the vaccine producers and are working together to continue to protect your pet’s health.