Important Announcement Regarding Canine Influenza in the Detroit Metro Area
Updated July 26, 2018
All American Pet Resorts is dedicated to providing extraordinary care for your pets. The safety, health and well-being of your pets is our number one priority.
That is why we want to inform all of our clients that the Detroit Metro area is currently experiencing a significant outbreak of various canine respiratory infections. This is one of the more significant outbreaks we have seen in our area in over a decade.
These highly communicable airborne ailments can spread quickly when dogs are in close proximity to each other, (i.e. daycare, grooming salons, pet parks, veterinary clinics, & boarding facilities). Although vaccinated, dogs can still contract the virus. Similar to vaccinations for humans, they only protect against certain known strains and are of limited effect.
What We Are Doing
Our team is doing everything we can to stay informed on the status of infections in the area. We are also making sure to communicate with our clients and local veterinarians to protect our guests.
Last week we attended a seminar conducted by a pharmaceutical company, which was attended by local veterinarians and several local owners/operators of dog boarding facilities. Furthermore, we have been speaking with various veterinarians and pet care professionals to better understand the current situation. Here is what we have learned:
- Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and Oakland Veterinary Referral Services have published an update that as of July 20, 2018, there have been 4 confirmed cases of H3N2 canine influenza in Michigan: 2 cases in Macomb County, 1 case in Wayne County, and 1 case in Oakland County.
- H3N2 can be contagious for up to 24 days.
- This is an upper respiratory infection very similar to the human flu.
We will continue to keep an ear out for updates from our local veterinarian network.
Please note, we are still boarding dogs for our clients who do not have the option of leaving their pet at home, and we are monitoring our guests closely.
What We Recommend
Everyone must make the decisions they feel are best for their dogs, but we do suggest taking the following precautions.
Keep Your Dog at Home: If possible, keep your dog home, and away from other dogs. Minimizing contact with other dogs can reduce the spread of these infections. This is especially important for seniors and puppies who are at a higher risk for infection.
Minimize Contact with Handlers: Dog handlers & walkers work with numerous dogs throughout the day. When possible, minimize or eliminate contact with these handlers.
Know the Symptoms: Monitor your dog’s condition and be aware of the following: discharge from the nose, coughing, wheezing, fever, lack of appetite, or lethargy.
Vaccinate: There are Canine Influenza vaccines available at various Veterinary offices in your area. Consult with your veterinarian on the vaccination of your dog.
If your dog exhibits signs of a respiratory infection, please contact us or your veterinarian. We will help eliminate or reduce the cost of treatment while making your dog more comfortable during the short-term recovery period.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give our team a call at (248) 554-0100. You can also get more information about Canine Influenza at dogflu.com.