HELP US HELP YOUR DOG STAY SAVE AND HEALTHY
Hello Dogaholics Service Clients (and all other Pet Parents),
A sudden outbreak of the canine influenza virus is spreading throughout the Chicago area.
Rest assured Dogaholics Service Center has not seen any symptoms of CIV from our clients using daycare, grooming or boarding services.
To continue to help keep our facility clear of the flu, we are requesting a few things from our clients.
- Please do not take your dog to public parks until the canine flu outbreak has passed.
- If you use more than one doggy daycare, please only choose one to attend, to prevent any cross contamination.
- If your dog displays any of the symptoms, do not bring your dog to daycare until he’s seen and cleared by your veterinarian.
- If your dog is diagnosed with Canine Respiratory Influenza (or any other contagious virus or bacteria) please notify us.
YOUR DOG'S HEALTH MATTERS TO US
- We always love to clean, but we've been extra vigilant about cleaning, disinfecting and ventilating our space throughout the day.
- All staff is actively monitoring dogs for symptoms and are ready to advise pet parents if anything arises.
- New client entry is being highly screened and their dog's recent play group experiences investigated.
- Our outdoor play park has been closed to the public for a couple weeks to ensure we can control our environment as much as possible.
ADDITIONALLY WE RECOMMEND YOU DO THE FOLLOWING
- Help prevent the spread of canine influenza by vaccinating your dog with an effective vaccine. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
- Do not allow your dog to drink out of public water bowls.
- If your dog has any of the signs of CIV infection, you should consider keeping him or her at home and avoid activities where other dogs can be exposed while your dog is coughing or exhibiting other signs of respiratory disease, usually for about 2 weeks.
- Keep your dog's toys and food and water bowls clean.
Courtesy of our friends at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital
WHAT IS CIV?
Canine influenza virus (CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as "dog flu". CIV is a relatively new virus, so almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity. Most dogs that develop CIV infection have a mild illness, but some dogs get very sick and require hospitalization.
Canine influenza is very contagious, meaning that it is easily spread from dogs that are currently infected to healthy dogs. CIV can pass from dog to dog through virus particles in the air (i.e. through coughing or sneezing) or by coming into physical contact with other dogs (touching noses). It can also be picked up if a dog touches or plays with objects that were touched by infected dogs (for example, food bowls, toys). Humans can even transfer the virus between dogs. For example, they may spread the virus if they touch an infected dog, or even touch a toy or doorknob that the dog has contacted, and then touch another dog before washing their hands.
SIGNS OF CIV
Be alert for the following signs, which are common in dogs with canine influenza:
- Mild, low-grade fever (103°F)
- Lethargy (tiredness)
- Loss of appetite
- Cough, which may be dry or may bring up sputum
- Runny nose with clear secretions at first, but may later change to a thick and yellow and/or pink-tinged color
If your dog shows any of these signs, contact your local veterinarian and avoid taking your dog anywhere that other dogs may be exposed until she has made a full recovery.