UW Vet School helps Dane County shelter dogs

A contagious disease was found in many dogs at the Dane County Humane Society this week, but the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program is working to diagnose and stop its spread, officials said.

The shelter is separating the dogs in order to minimize exposure. Some dogs have shown symptoms of parainfluenza, commonly known as “kennel cough.”

“The shelter was on top of this very quickly,” says Sandra Newbury, who has been leading the response with the assistance of Alex Ellis, the UW Shelter Medicine Program’s Maddie’s Fund Shelter Medicine Resident. “We’re not concerned at this point that this is something new or unusual. The dogs who have become ill are all recovering and responding well to treatment.”

Dog adoptions had been halted but resumed Saturday, with special measures to minimize risk.