Northland Pet Lodge

Canine Influenza

Attention Pet Owners

Northland Pet Lodge does not require that your pet be vaccinated for canine influenza yet, but we strongly recommend it.

Recently, we’ve been getting questions from some of our pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza. They were concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about dog flu outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all of our dog owners may have similar questions and concerns. So we’re writing to tell you about canine influenza, what puts dogs at risk, and what can be done to protect them.

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that causes coughing, nasal discharge, and loss of energy and appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs, but the coughing caused by canine influenza can last for several weeks. With proper care, most dogs generally recover. However, canine influenza can lead to more severe or even life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia, and has been fatal in up to 8% of cases.

Because canine influenza is caused by a relatively new virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it. And since it’s highly contagious, visiting places where dogs congregate, such as boarding facilities, doggie daycares, dog parks, or groomers, puts dogs at higher risk for catching this new virus. Making things more difficult is the fact that dogs can spread the virus before the coughing and other signs of sickness appear.

The best way to protect your dog from canine influenza is through vaccination. Fortunately, a Bivalent H3N8 and H3N2 vaccine is available that aids in the control of disease caused by Canine Influenza.

We recommend vaccinating dogs against canine influenza and there are vaccines available. To give your dog the most complete protection, the initial vaccination requires two doses of vaccine given 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by a single booster dose given annually.

We are working closely with local vets to inform the community about canine influenza, and to create a reasonable and effective action plan to minimize the risk to our four-legged companions. Again, at this time, we do not require the canine influenza vaccination yet, but we strongly recommend it.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff McGrath

Owner/Operator Northland Pet Lodge

For more information about canine influenza go to www.doginfluenza.com

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Monday-Saturday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday AM: 8:00am-12:00pm
Sunday PM: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Phone: 218.692.4364
Toll Free: 866.721.0505
Fax: 218.975.2016
E-mail: stay*AT*northlandpetlodge.com
Address: 34420 County Road 3
Crosslake, MN 56442

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referral_lillyI used to mope around whenever Mom left for work each day. But, ever since I started coming to Doggie-Day-Care my whole attitude toward life has changed. As soon as my car gets close to the driveway in the morning I start whining and wagging my tail. I just can’t wait to be greeted by happy faces as I bound though the door. All day long I can do my favorite things: play with my leash, run around, play outside in the fresh air, sleep and eat. When I get home I am exhausted.
Love, Lilly (Golden Retriever)