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Vets warn of severe canine respiratory infection outbreak

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There is a sign on the door that warns pet owners not to bring their dog directly inside if they suspect they have a respiratory infection, because it is contagious. (WFSB) There is a sign on the door that warns pet owners not to bring their dog directly inside if they suspect they have a respiratory infection, because it is contagious. (WFSB)
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

State veterinarians are warning about a deadly severe canine respiratory infection outbreak.

The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association posted to its Facebook page that it is aware of an outbreak at a large kennel in Windsor.

The name of the kennel was not released.

One dog has died.

"At this time, dogs from this kennel are being treated at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center in Middletown and New England Veterinary Center in Windsor," the post read.

At the center, there is a sign on the door that warns pet owners not to bring their dog directly inside if they suspect they have a respiratory infection, because it is contagious.

"It's serious, in the sense that we are taking it very seriously. We know that this is contagious. We know that so far everything has been isolated to one facility, that dogs have stayed at one facility. They have been in direct contact with one another," said Dr. Carolyn Gross, who works at the center.

It said the cases have only come from that one kennel.

Dogs suffered from fever, pneumonia, epistaxis.

"Some signs that we have seen are high fever, cough, signs consistent with pneumonia...nasal discharge," Gross said.

The Facebook post continued to say "Tests to this point have been negative for canine influenza virus. Other tests are pending."

To the CVMA's knowledge, no other hospitals were treating cases.

The CVMA called the incidents contrary to reports of an outbreak of canine influenza.

"The state veterinarian has been advised of the situation and is investigating as well," the post concluded.

If any cases show similar symptoms, vets are urged to call the Office of the State Veterinarian at 860-713-2505.

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