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Outbreak of Unknown Canine Respiratory Disease: Pups Commitment to Canine Health and Safety

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

To our Pups community,

We are writing to inform you of our steps to safeguard your pets in light of the recent outbreak of an unknown canine respiratory disease. Though there have not been documented cases in Utah, several surrounding states have reported cases. At Pups, the health and safety of your furry companions is our top priority.

We know that many of our clients are looking forward to having their pup groomed for the holiday season or need the support of our daycare while they are at work. We are committed to doing everything possible to continue providing our services safely for you and your pup.

Vaccination Protocols:

Even prior to this news, we have upheld stringent vaccination requirements. Beyond the legally mandated rabies vaccination, we also require the DHPP and Bordetella vaccines for any service within our shop. While these vaccinations may not provide direct protection against the current respiratory disease, they play a crucial role in protecting your pup, specifically the Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine.

Bordetella is a gram-negative bacterium, one of the complex agents associated with canine-specific respiratory disease. Bordetella can act as a primary or secondary illness. As a primary pathogen, it can impair ciliary function and make a pup susceptible to secondary opportunistic infections. It can also be a secondary invader following an infection with other respiratory pathogens. Bordetella infection is associated with mild to moderate tracheobronchitis, resulting in coughing, retching, sneezing, and nasal discharge.

Even if you do not have an upcoming appointment, and due to the nature of this respiratory illness, we recommend that if your dog is not current on their Bordetella, contact your vet to discuss updating the vaccination. There is also a vaccination clinic available through the Human Society of Utah. This could protect your pup from a primary or secondary infection after exposure to Bordetella.

Stringent Cleaning and Sanitation:

We believe that a clean environment is paramount in preventing the spread of any illnesses among our canine guests. Pups has always maintained exceptionally high cleaning and sanitization standards throughout our facility to avoid all canine diseases, such as Parvovirus and Distemper. Our daycare rooms and kennels undergo routine daily sanitization procedures, including sanitization of all kennels between our morning and evening daycare sessions. In the grooming salon, all tubs, tables, tools, and kennels are sanitized between dogs.

Proactive Monitoring and Isolation:

We will remain vigilant in observing our canine guests for any signs of illness. If we detect any symptoms, a pup is promptly isolated from the rest of the pack, and our team contacts the pet parents immediately for pick-up. Additionally, we will inform you if your dog has had any contact with the affected pup so immediate action can be taken.

We understand the concerns and uncertainties surrounding this unknown respiratory disease and want to emphasize our commitment to transparency and proactive measures. We will stay informed about the situation and adjust our protocols accordingly to ensure the well-being of every pup entrusted to our care.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. Your trust in Pups is of the utmost importance, and we remain dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for your beloved pets.

Thank you for being a valued part of the Pups community.


Sonya Droguett

Founder, Owner, Dog Lover

Pups. groom. train. love.

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