Dog Respiratory Illness Notice:
As you may have heard there had been a respiratory illness that was reported around the country and many news outlets had done stories in November and December 2023. Per the latest information it appears that the illness may NOT be new but they are still researching it and we should know more soon. All the local vets I have talked to say they have not seen any new respiratory illness but we still have normal respiratory illnesses.
– For Now, Mystic is taking the conservative approach and are asking all dogs to self-quarantine from community dog areas for 10 days. This includes day cares, dog parks and training facilities.
– I am not sure what level of self-quarantine Mystic will require later in the year. We may keep the 10 day from community dog areas or we may move it to 7 days or less. We no longer require self-quarantine for grooming, vets and playing with friends dogs (unless your friends dogs go to dog parks/day care).
– If possible, all veterinarian and grooming visits should be scheduled 10 days before but if they do go within 10 days please make sure the business keeps dogs away from each other and that they are not kept longer then needed for the service.
– Remember all vaccinations need to be 2 weeks or more before coming here as the body needs time to process it.
– If your dog displays any signs of illness contact your vet right away and keep your dog home even if you had vacation or travel plans. Please look for signs of coughing, sneezing, eye or nose discharge, or just abnormally tired. They do not need to be coughing to have a illness. If you know your dog is not feeling well they will need to stay home and yes call your veterinarian.
– We will not be able to care for dogs who are sick as we can’t risk other guests.
– Even with asking everyone to self-quarantine, there is no way to completely ensure your dog will not be exposed to this or other illness’s. We need everyone to fill out a medical directive, including financial decisions so the vet knows your wishes. If your dog does get sick, we will need to get them into the vet right away as unlike normal kennel cough that you can monitor at home, this illness may turn into pneumonia quickly. If your dog does get sick you may need to come home early.
– Please discuss needed vaccines with your veterinarian. Mystic recommends vaccinations to be given at least 14 days before they have full effect and 7 days before any stressful change in their live as if there a reaction you will be able to identify it easier at home. Some dogs are not candidates for vaccines and the current vaccines may not work if this is a new illness, but they may help with the other known virus’s.
– Here at Mystic to reduce the spread of infection we have removed all community dog toys and water bowls. We spray our play fields with Wysiwash; fully clean all rooms and spray with EfferSan, and provide new bedding between guests; wash bowls every day, provide good air flow and have Hepa/UV purifiers.
Please be safe and try not to freak out until we know what is going on. Let me know if you have any questions.
Videos and information from last December:
Here is a great video on the subject: https://www.facebook.com/reel/1403271173596099?s=yWDuG2…
According to the University of New Hampshire, who have been studying this version, it started sometime in 2022. At this time they feel it is a new type of bacterial infection and it seems to be resistant to antibiotics. They are calling it a “Funky Bacterium” that can be tough to find and sequence.
Here is a great article from AKC https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/unknown-canine-respiratory-illness/