Important Info on Canine Influenza outbreak in South Bay Area! Currently, several daycares and groomers in Silicon Valley have been shut down due to the spreading of this highly contagious dog flu strain. When I heard about it yesterday evening, I immediately read more about it online and also called my veterinarian to find out the specifics and if our staff needs to be concerned since we work with dogs daily. It is mainly daycares, groomers, vet hospitals and dog parks that are high risk areas. But because of the nature of our work, I asked what steps our staff should be taking to minimize the risk of any possible transfer. I have advised our staff of the following based upon my veterinarian's recommendations:
- Be very observant of the dogs under our care and alert myself and client if they notices symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, lethargic behavior. Dogs with these symptoms need to be tested and treated right away by a veterinarian.
- Wash and sanitize hands before and after each client/household.
- Sanitize shoes with Clorox wipe before and after each client/household.
- Stay away from dog parks and/or interacting with other dogs on the street.
We DO NOT currently have any dogs under care with Canine Influenza or symptoms of it, so you should not be alarmed or concerned. We also do not mix or interact different client's dogs with one another (ie: pack walks), and they all remain under separate care. The staff at YBFF is taking necessary and precautionary measures to ensure your four legged friends are healthy and safe. Vaccines for the dog flu are available, but my understanding is that many hospitals and clinics are running out due to the high demand (my personal veterinarian, VCA Bascom Animal Hospital, still has some available). It is also my understanding that if your dog has had the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine in the last six months, this can help protect your pup from the dog flu and an additional vaccine may not be necessary. Of course, I am not a veterinary expert and you should consult your veterinarian. If anything changes with YBFF on this subject, I will be sure to inform you immediately. Wishing you and your pups good health!