Local Vet Warns Dog Owners of Respiratory Infection Affecting Dogs That Can Be “Severe or Even Fatal”

Quince Orchard Veterinary Hospital, a longstanding veterinary hospital/practice in Gaithersburg by Dr. Larry Giebel and his wife Marilee since 1980, has sent a warning to dog owners regarding an upper respiratory infection that is affecting dogs locally and across the country.

The letter, which can be seen in full below, states that some cases have been “severe and even fatal” and advises dog owners to avoid dog to dog contact is possible. It was posted on the veterinary hospital’s website on Saturday, November 18, 2023:

“To Our Pet Parents

Please keep your dog HOME if possible.

There is an Upper Respiratory Infection affecting dogs locally and around the country.  Some cases have been severe and even fatal. Avoid dog to dog contact/environments with other dogs if possible (boarding, daycare, grooming, dog parks).

Please monitor your dog for any upper respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, lethargy). Call us immediately if you have any questions/concerns.”

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