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Important Notice: Just Add Rover's Stance on Current Dog Events

In response to the ongoing health concerns, Just Add Rover has made the careful decision to refrain from featuring dog events until the current canine respiratory illness outbreak is better understood and under control. The well-being of our furry companions is our utmost priority, and we feel it's crucial not to promote gatherings that could inadvertently contribute to the spread of this illness.

Now, let's talk about what this respiratory illness is and what it means for you and your dog.

Dog lovers, it's crucial we talk about the recent canine respiratory illness spreading across the United States. Reports of a mysterious and potentially lethal condition affecting dogs have surfaced in multiple states. Symptoms kick off with a persistent cough and can escalate to severe pneumonia, distressingly resistant to typical treatments like antibiotics.

Veterinary experts are diligently piecing together the puzzle, with over 30 cases observed since mid-October at a single hospital. While the illness has led to fatalities, the focus is on prevention and early intervention. The illness doesn’t discriminate, affecting dogs who've mingled at boarding facilities, dog parks, or daycares.

As we approach the holiday season, traditionally a time of increased boarding for our pets, the advice from veterinarians is clear: reduce your dog's exposure to crowded canine gatherings, stay up-to-date with vaccinations, and seek immediate veterinary care if your dog shows symptoms.

In an effort to manage this outbreak, veterinary bodies are investigating to pin down the exact cause. Meanwhile, shelters across the country are battling overcrowding, heightening the risk of disease spread.

Symptoms to watch out for:

  • Unrelenting cough

  • Sneezing

  • Nasal or eye discharge

  • Lethargy

  • Labored breathing

  • Cyanotic (blue or purple) gums

The key takeaway from veterinary experts: if your dog coughs beyond a week, especially after interacting with many other dogs, it’s time for a vet visit. Early treatment can significantly impact recovery chances.

Preventative tips include:

  • Avoid dog parks and kennels if possible.

  • Keep up with vaccinations, particularly against respiratory diseases.

  • Consult your vet before boarding or attending holiday events with your dog.

Our furry friends rely on us to keep them safe. As we navigate this outbreak, let’s stay informed and cautious. Just Add Rover will continue to provide updates on this developing story.

Stay safe and stay informed,

Amy Shaw

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