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
case of canine influenza for 2018 was reported on July 13th.
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.
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:
-Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
-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,
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