Cases of Kennel Cough, a highly contagious disease in dogs, have been detected in Victoria and participants need to be alert for outbreaks among their greyhounds.
Kennel Cough is caused by upper respiratory viruses and symptoms include runny noses, sneezing and dry, hacking coughs which can last for up to several weeks.
It is spread as droplets in the air from coughing dogs in close proximity to healthy dogs and infected dogs can continue to spread the disease for up to three months after their symptoms have disappeared.
Participants need to immediately isolate greyhounds at the first sign of Kennel Cough and scrub their indoor and outdoor kennel areas with hospital grade disinfectant.
They should also immediately contact their veterinarian about treatment, quarantine and vaccination options for that greyhound and any other dogs on their property.
Infected greyhounds must be scratched or withdrawn from racing, trailing and GAP Pre-entry Assessments and trainers and owners must consider scratching or withdrawing all other greyhounds that have been in contact with infected dogs.