Important Announcement Regarding Canine Influenza in the Detroit Metro Area
Updated August 7, 2018
All American Pet Resorts Rochester Hills 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 wanted to update you on the current status of the significant outbreak of various canine respiratory infections that the Detroit Metro area is currently experiencing.
As a reminder, 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, and 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.
The Current Status
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 and taking all possible precautions at our resort.
We are thrilled to report that we are currently symptom free at our resort, and our guests have been leaving healthy due to our new protocol.
In communicating with various veterinarians and pet care professionals, we can provide the following updates for our area:
- Our area is improving. Local vets have shared with us that they are seeing half the number of infected dogs as they did during the previous week.
- The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development released an update on August 2nd, stating that, since July 13, 2018, there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported. The cases have occurred in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties.
As a reminder, the infection strain is known as H3N2, an upper respiratory infection very similar to the human flu, and can be contagious for up to 24 days.
We will continue to keep an ear out for updates from our local veterinarian network.
What We Are Doing
As a step towards protecting the health of our guests, we are not currently accepting daycare reservations or offering group play. We are offering grooming and boarding services with the following restrictions:
- No group play to eliminate direct dog-to-dog contact.
- No puppies under 12 months old or senior dogs over the age of 10 are being brought into the resort, as they are at much higher risk if infected.
We will resume our group play and daycare services on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, provided we feel the infection rate has been significantly minimized.
Please note: We will be requiring the Canine Influenza vaccine starting this September. It takes a month to become fully vaccinated, with 2 booster injections administered 14 days apart. Our goal is to start the process in September, and we understand this will take some time. Please contact us directly if you have questions or concerns with timing. We are here to help!
What We Recommend
Everyone must make the decisions they feel are best for their dogs, but we wanted to remind you of the following precautions that we suggest.
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 has already been exposed to this virus, we are sincerely sorry. This virus was fast, aggressive, and gave no warning. It has affected a lot of our beloved pets and a lot of local, family-owned businesses. We are fully committed to taking the right actions for our customers and guests, and we will continue to work tirelessly to maintain a safe, healthy place for your pets to be cared for when needed.
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) 299-3647. You can also get more information about Canine Influenza at dogflu.com.