Canine Influenza Alert-- Social Dogs at Risk
Due to the increased cases of Canine Influenza in the Northeast, Morris Animal Inn has been highly recommending the Canine Influenza vaccination for the past year. As of February 15, 2012, Morris Animal Inn is requiring Canine Flu vaccine for all of our guests.
The Canine Flu Virus is Highly Contagious and Spreading
Since its discovery in 2003, Canine Flu has spread to 38 states including New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. This fall, cases were reported in Bergen, Morris and Somerset Counties. It is transmitted by direct contact and inhalation of an airborne dog virus. Social dogs are at greater risk because of their increased contact. Even people can spread the virus from one dog to another, so dogs that stay home can still be exposed by a human with contaminated clothing.
Vaccinate Today so the Flu Doesn't Interrupt Your Dog's Fun!
When exposed, virtually all dogs will become infected since they have no natural immunities
to this virus.
- 80% of dogs will become infected, be contagious and show symptoms of coughing,
sneezing and nasal discharge (a small number of these dogs run the risk of becoming
- 20% of dogs will become infected and be contagious but show no symptoms
- Symptoms occur days after the dog is infected and already contagious making dogs
appear healthy yet they are carrying and spreading the infection to others
We've Done Our Homework and as a Leader in Pet Care We Are Now Requiring the Dog Flu Vaccination
While there is no reason to overreact, the best way to treat the flu is to prevent severe symptoms with a specialized vaccination. Please make an appointment at your veterinarian today for your dog's first flu vaccination then follow up two to four weeks later for the required second inoculation. Your dog will thank you when he can continue to play while his friends in the neighborhood may be at home in bed.