Animal Shelter Set to Reopen Following Dog Illnesses

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

A little cough or a sniffle can turn into something much bigger, but people aren't the only ones who deal with flu like symptoms.

Anne Halbert is Board President of Start Over Rover. She says, "A lot of our animals were getting the sniffles and things like that. No one was getting really sick so we'd keep running to the vet."

Start Over Rover is a no-kill animal shelter in Hastings. The facility is closed this week because a handful of sick dogs weren't getting better. She says after multiple trips to the vet and rounds of anti-biotics, they took a different approach in treating the sickness.

"The vet finally just said there's a lot of human and animal viruses going around right now and with all the traffic you had... can you guys just let the animals rest for about a week," said Halbert.

And Halbert says the week of rest did the trick. Especially after a busy holiday season.

"What we didn't want to happen was the animals to get stressed in a new environment, around new dogs, and people so they get stressed any ways with a lower immune system," said Halbert.

Grand Island Veterinarian Dr. Donovan Hauser says treating animal illnesses like kennel cough can be difficult.

"It's not just one virus or bacteria. It's actually a couple viruses and a bacteria involved and it's all based on closed air space. So if you get everybody in a kennel, boarding or dog shows, that's where it becomes an outbreak," said Dr. Hauser.

And an outbreak is what Halbert wanted to avoid. She says the animals are ready to have some visitors.

"They've done wonderful. Everybody is healthy, good and rested... Very rested as you can tell now they are bouncing off the walls in fact so it'll be a good thing that we are opening back up tomorrow," said Halbert.

Start Over Rover is set to re-open to the public on Saturday, January 19th.

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