Educational tidbits to help you be the best pet parent you can be.
Year after year we hear some of the same questions. We will be adding relevant content here regularly to help you be the best pet family you can be.
Cold and Flu Seasons Are Among Us!
We wanted to bring it to your attention that just as a child in daycare may be exposed to a cold, or the flu; so too can Fido. If Fido is experiencing coughing or lethargic behavior among other symptoms we would ask that you please keep Fido home until his/her symptoms do not exist any longer or a veterinarian clears Fido to come back. We thank you for your patience and cooperation with this process as we are helping to
minimize transmission, keeping Fido and his buddies happy and healthy.
What is Bordatella?
Bordatella is a common bacteria that comes in many different forms.
What is Parainfluenza?
Parainfluenza is a virus that effects dogs.
What does Bordatella and Parainfluenza cause? Bordatella and Parainfluenza cause an upper respiratory infection
affecting dogs. Also, known as Kennel Cough. A common misnomer is that
you only can spread Bordatella in a Kennel setting, but that simply isn’t true. This would be the same as saying that you can only get a cold or the flu while at school, we all know that isn’t the case. Illness transmission can happen virtually anywhere. Let’s work hand-in-hand to make sure that we are able to keep Fido and his/her friends happy and healthy.
What is The Canine Flu?
The canine flu is very similar to that of the human flu. The only difference is that it has not been proven that a dog flu strain can be passed from human-to-dog or dog-to human. Symptoms are much like the viral form of the flu that we experience; fever, cough and runny nose and lethargy; however, some dogs will not show signs or symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov), “April 13th, 2015 – A canine influenza H3N2 virus is responsible for an outbreak of dog flu reported in the Chicago area according to a press release issued by Cornell University, home to the New York State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory.” Currently there are two canine flu viruses worldwide H3N2 and H3N8.
Previously, we have had numerous cases of the H3N8 canine influenza her in the United States, but now we are experiencing, “H3N2 dog flu viruses that have been detected in dogs in parts of Asia since 2007.” (CDC) This virus is the one that is effecting the dogs in the Chicago area.
What can we do?
Firstly, and fore mostly it would benefit you to consult your dogs personal veterinarian on the matter. According to the CDC, “A vaccine to protect dogs against canine influenza H3N8 has been available in the United States since 2009. It is not known yet whether the H3N8 dog flu
vaccine will offer protection against the H3N2 dog flu virus.” As with anything important please contact your personal vet with questions or concerns regarding what steps to take to prevent the
spread of dog flu.
What is Northwest Pet Resort Doing?
As a result of the dog flu pandemic in the Chicago area we are readying ourselves before
the flu gets to us here in Idaho. How are we doing this you might ask?
- We are doing are research.
- We are consulting the local veterinarians in our community to get expert opinions on what needs to happen.
- As with any illness that is spread in the air or with close contact with dogs. We
would ask you to keep your dog home if they are showing signs or symptoms of the flu such as;
fever, runny nose, cough or lethargic behavior. This will help to contain the spread of the flu.
- If we see or hear symptoms in the lobby we will be telling you to please take your dog to your local vet and have them assessed. We are not veterinarians and do not claim to
have the expertise that they do.
- At Northwest Pet Resort we pride ourselves on our cleanliness and care, on a regular basis we utilize foot baths for the sake of cleansing our feet and people who may come
into the kennels feet so that we are not spreading outside contaminants such as the kennel cough or the flu. We also utilize the foot baths to go in and out of the boarding rooms so that we are not cross-contaminating.
- Our cleanliness will take an extra step with foot baths to enter and exit our 6
different play areas.
In closing, we are reaching out to the local veterinarians to see what steps we should take in our cleanliness and care and what we are to expect if the H3N2 virus makes it to Idaho.
We hope that this has been an informative piece and that we will be able to answer any lingering questions as we know your dogs are a huge part of your family and ours!
If you have a specific question send us a quick message and we can help others as well with our answer.