My dogs have been quarantined for 4 to 6 weeks now. Our season is done. We're home now. Due to the contagious aspects of the 2 bacteria, all other dogs, who were at both trial grounds, were suggested to be quarantined for 2 weeks following, if showing NO symptoms.
This has been a nightmare! Over $11K now, isn't the biggest part. It was the possibility of losing part of the Team. Our family is deeply attached to all of our dogs (8 Pointers).
It's awful to lose any dog, but 18-month-old Bud has won derby events when a pup, SD when now a derby, & I was presently running him in CHs '
-at 18 months old! I don't run dogs in a CH unless very capable of winning! Bud was!!
We don't know where/who/exactly when Bud contracted the 2 bacteria. One can be transmitted from horses, too. The incubation stage takes it back to a trial that had many horses, of which Bud was in very close proximity to, unfortunately eating some fresh horse muffins, as well as in many other dogs boxes & a trial transfer dog trailer for the continuous courses. I'm not saying that's where the donor dog &/or horse was at. We simply don't know. Bear hounds fought a bear right at the club house yard, Wolves are very abundant in the vicinity, other dogs are in the area. The problem is, with having no vaccine presently for these bacteria, & we don't know which dog it came from, could even be a asymptomatic dog. This is a severe problem that I didn't start & as soon as I got the disease results, I immediately raced to the present trial grounds to notify. This could have happened to any of us. I hope you never experienced this. The literature mentioned that when this happens, dogs have been found dead in their box with foam exuding from their mouth.