Canine Influenza – What You Need To Know For The Central Valley
Pet Parent Bulletin
Recently there has been a case of canine influenza diagnosed in Southern California. While we have not seen any cases in Fresno County, our hospital is recommending that you take precautions and vaccinate your pet against H3N2 and H3N8 prior to any potential outbreak occurrence in our area. PMC may choose to require the Bivalent Flu Vaccine for daycare and boarding pets in the near future. Since we do not know which of the strains will/may become an issue, it is strongly recommended that your pet be vaccinated with the Bivalent vaccine which includes both strains (H3N2 & H3N8).
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Can My Pet Get Sick While in Day Care or Boarding?
Our goal at Pet Medical Center is to provide a safe & hygienic environment for your pet. We rigorously disinfect all play areas, kennels, toys, bowls and even our outdoor potty area multiple times daily to minimize transmission of illness & disease. With that said however, anytime you have a group of dogs housed together, it is possible to spread communicable diseases. Think of our facility as a children’s pre-school or daycare. Children frequently pass around germs and your child can come home with a cold or a virus. The same holds true for pets.
Day Care and Boarding are communal environments and there is always a chance that a visibly healthy pet is harboring an underlying, undiagnosed illness that could be transmissible to your pet. Pet Medical Center requires that all pets be up to date on Rabies, Distemper-Parvo and Bordetella vaccines and that pets be FLEA FREE. However even with these precautions, there are other dangers that lurk in communal dog environments (daycare, dog parks, dog training class, pet stores and even greeting another pet on a walk). Some things that “healthy” dogs can be harboring that are transmissible are giardia, intestinal parasites, papillomas, canine flu and even to the extreme of bordetella and parvo in fully vaccinated dogs.
Requiring vaccines, keeping incoming pets FLEA FREE and an extreme disinfection regimen are what we do at PMC to provide a safe place for your pet. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to provide a playgroup in a bubble, so when enrolling your pet in doggie day care or any pet activity, you should be aware that there is always risk. Please contact our veterinary staff if you would like more information on any of these transmissible illnesses.
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