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Visit the following for more information on ways to prevent infectious diseases in dog group settings.

Infectious Disease in Dogs in Group SettingsWritten for those who have dogs that are involved in dog group settings, organize an event, or own/work at a group setting.  This document provides an overview of the infectious disease risks in dog group settings with practical, specific recommendations for reducing these risks.  This resource includes tables of key infectious diseases of concern, checklists for event/facility participants and organizers and vaccine and disinfectant recommendations.

Risk Reduction and Management Strategies to Prevent Transmission of Infectious Disease Among Dogs at Dog Shows, Sporting Events, and other Canine Group Settings. Published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association – Written for those in the veterinary field involved in organizing and providing care for dogs involved in canine group settings.

Fact Sheets on infections in dogs. Download these factsheets developed specifically to answer common questions for people with dogs in group settings. What are the risks? What can you do to protect your dog or your event from specific diseases of concern?

Equine Guelph. Got a horse or participate in horse events? Visit this website to use a risk calculator for your equine companions. Special thanks to Equine Guelph for their assistance in developing our calculator for dogs.


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This calculator was developed and based on work by Jason W. Stull, VMD, PhD, DACVPM, Michelle D. Evason, DVM, DACVIM, J.S. Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Robert G. Sherding DVM, DACVIM, Jeanette O’Quin, DVM, MPH, Jennifer I. Kasten, DVM, Armando E. Hoet, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, Mary Jo Burkhard DVM, PhD

The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine (Stull, Sherding, O'Quin, Kasten, Hoet, Burkhard), Michelle Evason Veterinary Internal Medicine & Nutrition Consulting (Evason), University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College (Weese), The Ohio State University, College of Public Health (Hoet)

This project was supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The contents of this work are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Foundations.