UPDATED JULY 13, 2017
We’ve gotten recent confirmation from CityPaws Animal Hospital and Friendship Hospital for Animals that there is an active Kennel Cough Outbreak in the DC area. Our Park is in the affected area, although we do not have any reason to believe this outbreak is localized to or originated in Shaw Dog Park.
As a reminder, all dogs that use Shaw Dog Park should have a DC Dog License, which requires proof that a current bordatella vaccine has been administered to the dog. If your dog is up-to-date with its vaccinations, there is little, but possible, risk of getting the disease.
While kennel cough is an airborne disease, the Park remains committed to providing sanitary conditions as best as possible. We are having the Park sprayed with pet-safe WYSIWASH on Mondays & Thursdays (spraying typically happens mid-morning).
We will update this web post as we learn more. Please feel free to send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
This article is a good place to start if you would like to learn about what symptoms of kennel cough to look for in your pup: http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/kennel-cough-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention/
Sending our love and best wishes for good health to every Shaw Dog Park pup!