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With the recent concerns of canine influenza cases near our area, we feel it's important to address it.  There is no need to panic, however, this has potential to be a very serious illness if contracted and left untreated.

After speaking with multiple local vets and hours of research, we have decided to not require it as a vaccine at this time but we do recommend the vaccine as a precaution for the safety of all of our dogs attending daycare & boarding.  Please note that we may be requiring it as a vaccine in the near future.  As most of you know, much like child daycares, illnesses can spread like wildfire among the pups. Unfortunately, the pups can't tell us something is wrong like human children can. We urge all parents to remain vigilant and if their dog is not feeling 100%, to keep them home.  Dogs presenting symptoms will be separated from the pack and sent home immediately.

Of course, we will be continuing our rigorous daily sanitation regimen to assure surfaces are clean however, if a carrier dog enters our facility, there is little we can do to prevent the spread.

Current Report of Confirmed Canine Influenza Cases - Updated 8/3/2018

The first case of canine influenza for 2018 was reported on July 13th

  • 1 Confirmed cases in unreported counties

  • Genesee - 1

  • Huron - 1

  • Kent  - 1

  • Livingston - 6

  • Macomb - 14

  • Oakland - 27

  • Ottawa - 13

  • Wayne - 6

About Canine Influenza:
Canine influenza is transmitted through droplets or aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking and sneezing. Dogs in close contact with infected dogs in places such as kennels, dog parks, pet stores, vet clinics, groomers, day care facilities and shelters are at increased risk of infection. Canine influenza can be spread indirectly through objects (bowls, collars and leashes) or people that have been in contact with infected dogs.  The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

Incubation period:
1-8 days, with clinical signs in most cases appearing 2 to 5 days after exposure. Dogs are most contagious during the incubation period and shed the virus even though they are not showing clinical signs of illness. Some dogs may show no signs of illness, but have a subclinical infection and shed the virus. After exposure, dogs can still shed the germ for up to 24 days.

While most dogs will show typical symptoms of kennel cough, a small percentage of dogs will develop a more severe illness. Symptoms of canine influenza virus include:
-Variable fever
-Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
-Rapid/difficult breathing
-Loss of appetite

Because the symptoms present much like kennel cough, another respiratory infection, the only way to confirm is through veterinarian testing.

About the vaccine:
Vaccination may not altogether prevent an infection but it may reduce the risk of a dog contracting canine influenza as well as reduce the severity and duration of clinical illness.
We are urging all parents to first consult with their veterinarian to determine if the influenza vaccination is appropriate for their dog.

Thank you for understanding,

UNLEASHED and lovin’ it!

UNLEASHED and lovin' it! offers...

• Dog Daycare • Dog Lodging • Retail Boutique •
• Self-Serve Pet Wash • Toe Nail Trims • and so much more •

Our facility features a 2,500 square foot indoor, climate controlled play area, along with 1,500 square feet of secure outdoor play space for runnin', wrestlin', rompin' doggie fun. 

Our goal is to provide a safe, fun and stimulating social environment for your pets while you are away, whether it is for the day, while you are at work or for the week while you are on vacation.  We are here to look after your pet and pamper them as if they were our own.

After exploring our website, we are sure you will agree that UNLEASHED and lovin' it! is the PREMIER pet care facility in Jackson, MI.  Please feel free to e-mail or call us if you have any questions or comments.


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Normal Business Hours
• Monday thru Friday 6:30am-7:00pm • Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm • Sunday 8:00am-10:00am & 6:00pm-7:00pm •
• We will be closed from 11:30am-1:00pm the second Friday of each month for Staff Training •
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Pick-up and Drop-off Times for Daycare & Boarding
 • Monday thru Friday 6:30am-11:00am & 1:30pm-6:30pm • Saturday 8:00am-11:00am & 1:30pm-5:30 pm • Sunday 8:00am-10:00am & 6:00pm-7:00pm •

 • No Pick-Up, Drop-off or Toe Nail Trims between 11:00am-1:30pm •

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