Canine Influenza – ALERT!!
As per the AVMA recent article on Canine Influenza –
“The canine influenza virus is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions (through coughing and sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.
The spread of Canine Influenza can be reduced by isolating ill dogs as well as those who are known to have been exposed to an infected dog and those showing signs of respiratory illness. Good hygiene, such as hand washing and thorough cleaning of shared items and kennels, and good sanitation also reduce the spread of Canine Influenza . Influenza viruses do not usually survive in the environment beyond 48 hours and are inactivated or killed by commonly used disinfectants.”
We are recommending that dog owners who normally board their dogs consider in-home pet care services like Shannon’s Pet Sitting. In-Home care provides the peace of mind and safety that your dog stays in their own home and their own environment. Without the increased exposure around other people’s pets. It also provides security for your home by the sitter coming in and out and keeping an eye on things. The in home pet care provider you choose should be bonded and insured.
There is no evidence that canine influenza virus infects any domestic animals other than dogs. While Canine Influenza is not a cause for panic, owners should take precautions.
If you need to visit high risk areas with your dog there is a vaccine available. Please call your vets office to schedule an appointment if your pet is showing symptoms or you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment for the vaccinations.
The AVMA has posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions: