About 1,200 dogs euthanized after dis...

About 1,200 dogs euthanized after disease outbreak in Wyoming

There are 9 comments on the Tacoma News Tribune story from Dec 15, 2010, titled About 1,200 dogs euthanized after disease outbreak in Wyoming. In it, Tacoma News Tribune reports that:

An estimated 1,200 dogs at a Kansas kennel were euthanized after an outbreak in Wyoming of the highly contagious disease distemper was linked to the large-scale breeding operation.

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“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

A winter wonderland

#1 Dec 17, 2010
1200 dogs at one breeder's? That's outrageous. Hopefully, fines & restrictions will prevent him from starting up again.
Surprised

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Dec 27, 2010
I'm surprised, actually. I thought distemper in dogs had been eradicated much like polio was eradicated in humans due to vaccinations.
I'm also surprised, like the post above mine, that there could be 1,200 dogs at one kennel!

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

A winter wonderland

#3 Dec 30, 2010
Surprised wrote:
I'm surprised, actually. I thought distemper in dogs had been eradicated much like polio was eradicated in humans due to vaccinations.
I'm also surprised, like the post above mine, that there could be 1,200 dogs at one kennel!
Unfortunately, distemper is alive & well & living in many mammals. There's even a specific strain common to seals. As long as people aren't vaccinating puppies, the disease will thrive.
Surprised

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jan 3, 2011
Andie J wrote:
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Unfortunately, distemper is alive & well & living in many mammals. There's even a specific strain common to seals. As long as people aren't vaccinating puppies, the disease will thrive.
You know what? You're right! Come to think of it, over here in Suffolk County, New York, there have been many instances of distempter in raccoons. And, now that you mention it, there is a kind of "anti-vaccinations" movement going on among some dog people. I get it now.

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

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#5 Jan 4, 2011
Surprised wrote:
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You know what? You're right! Come to think of it, over here in Suffolk County, New York, there have been many instances of distempter in raccoons. And, now that you mention it, there is a kind of "anti-vaccinations" movement going on among some dog people. I get it now.
I hear of many people who do not vaccinate their animals. Just recently, I lost my old cat of 18 years. For the last 7-8 years of her life, she got sick when she was vaccinated. With my vet's OK, we stopped vaccinating her. The dogs are always up-to-date, & she was an indoor cat, so I wasn't worried about her contracting any disease. Even our boarding kennel had no problem with her lack of vacs. I trust my vet completely, & was very happy that she agreed to stop vac'ing the cat.

I now have a 6-month-old kitten. She's current on all her shots & just got spayed last week.

If people would follow vac'ing protocol, we wouldn't have the proliferation of distemper that we're having now.
Surprised

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jan 5, 2011
Andie J wrote:
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I hear of many people who do not vaccinate their animals. Just recently, I lost my old cat of 18 years. For the last 7-8 years of her life, she got sick when she was vaccinated. With my vet's OK, we stopped vaccinating her. The dogs are always up-to-date, & she was an indoor cat, so I wasn't worried about her contracting any disease. Even our boarding kennel had no problem with her lack of vacs. I trust my vet completely, & was very happy that she agreed to stop vac'ing the cat.
I now have a 6-month-old kitten. She's current on all her shots & just got spayed last week.
If people would follow vac'ing protocol, we wouldn't have the proliferation of distemper that we're having now.
How often does your vet recommend giving the core vaccines to your dogs? I've heard that the new protocol is every three years, however, my vet wants to vaccinate every two years and my friends who use different vets in the area are still doing the yearly vaccinations. Also, what do you think of the Leptospirosis vaccination for dogs? I've heard it only lasts for six months, but not sure if that's true. I've also heard that many dogs react badly to that one. I have my dog vaccinated against Lepto yearly because I know there are wild things that come into my yard at night (we've had a close encounter of the possum kind over a year ago - freaked me out when I had to pull my dog away from it by the scruff of the neck - he had it cornered and hissing at him - yuck!) My dog never had a bad reaction to any shots.
Surprised

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jan 5, 2011
P.S.- Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat, but wow, 18 years! That's awesome. What do you feed? You must be doing something right!

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

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#8 Jan 5, 2011
Surprised wrote:
P.S.- Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat, but wow, 18 years! That's awesome. What do you feed? You must be doing something right!
She was an old cantankerous bitch. And she had no teeth. Her name was Baby Snooks. We adopted her when she was 2 years old. I miss her terribly. She was a Maine Coon. Very beautiful.
I'm looking up the vac records right now.

OK- annual core vacs- dogs- DHLPP booster, bordetella, heartworm-lyme-ehrlichia-anapl .

Rabies- 3 year.

As the dogs age, we'll adjust their vacs. Right now, Angel is 14, & Shay is 10. The bordetella is not a must. We do it so that we won't have to wait to take a fishing trip for a weekend before boarding them. It's vital that you have a good boarding kennel. We love the one we use. They treat our dogs like grandkids- spoil the shit out of them & leave it up to us to straighten them out when we get home.
Surprised

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Jan 5, 2011
Andie J wrote:
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She was an old cantankerous bitch. And she had no teeth. Her name was Baby Snooks. We adopted her when she was 2 years old. I miss her terribly. She was a Maine Coon. Very beautiful.
I'm looking up the vac records right now.
OK- annual core vacs- dogs- DHLPP booster, bordetella, heartworm-lyme-ehrlichia-anapl .
Rabies- 3 year.
As the dogs age, we'll adjust their vacs. Right now, Angel is 14, & Shay is 10. The bordetella is not a must. We do it so that we won't have to wait to take a fishing trip for a weekend before boarding them. It's vital that you have a good boarding kennel. We love the one we use. They treat our dogs like grandkids- spoil the shit out of them & leave it up to us to straighten them out when we get home.
Thanks for the info.

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