Canine Influenza has recently been diagnosed in parts of the Eastern US. Like the human version, this virus is highly contagious and has the potential to be dangerous, particularly to puppies, older dogs, and dogs that are immune-compromised.

Some simple steps can go a long way to keeping our dogs safe.

1. If your dog has any symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include cough, sneezing, nasal discharge, runny eyes, fever, lethargy, difficulty breathing.

2. If your dog, or ANY dog in your household, or any other dogs with which your dog has had contact, has ANY of the flu symptoms, DO NOT BRING THEM TO Y2K9s FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS. You will receive a credit for any classes missed.

3. Do NOT share water bowls. Bring your own. If you forgot a bowl, use a plastic bowl and discard it.

4. If you spill water, or your dog dribbles, please wipe it up!

5. Consider crating in your car, bringing your own crate to class, or cleaning a club crate with a veterinary-approved disinfectant.

6. DON’T allow dog-to-dog contact & avoid touching other dogs.

7. Do not leave any bedding, toys, etc., in any Y2K9s crates.

8. Wash your hands before and after handling other dogs.

9. When you leave the club, or any situation in which dogs are present, consider changing your shoes & clothing before interacting with any other dogs at home. It’s important to know that the virus can live up to 48 hours on surfaces.

The AKC & the AVMA both have good information available on their sites.

Finally, you may wish to discuss the possibility of vaccination or any other questions or concerns with your veterinarian. Thank you.