So we seem to have dodged several bullets over the 4th of July boarding period at PHPH. As you all know, we were very worried about a very contagious CIRD virus we had in our kennel just before the 4th, one of our busiest boarding times of the year. Thanks to the hard work and fastidiousness of our exceptional kennel staff, we can report we only had one dog, in over more than 30 that boarded with us during that time, that may have developed a cough. It wasn’t a classical case and the dog didn’t start coughing until 10 days after boarding with us so we’re not sure if it was true CIRD or not. Regardless, we feel confident we have cleared the CIRD respiratory virus for now. We opened up dog playtime for our boarders and day care dogs as of last week.Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and your confidence in us to look out for you and your four legged friends.
That is not to say people don’t need to stay vigilant about the disease. We are probably seeing an average of one coughing dog a day at our clinic who was exposed to the CIRD virus either at a different boarding facility or elsewhere. This CIRD virus will probably be around for the whole summer so you still need to be careful where and what you expose your dog to through our warm weather.
There has still only been one case of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) found in a St Paul shelter over two months ago. No other cases have been reported in the Twin Cities since then. Hopefully the whole Twin Cities will dodge that bullet. But you can be certain we will keep you posted with the latest accurate information regarding these diseases.