Do I need to be concerned about canine influenza when using day care or boarding facilities for my dog?
You do need to be concerned but there's no need to avoid these places. Canine influenza is spread between dogs through coughing and barking, and via food and water bowls and other contaminated objects. This means it’s more spread more efficiently in environments where dogs can be in close contact, such as day care or boarding kennels. The virus itself appears to be killed easily by regular disinfectants so careful cleaning of facilities and hand washing by staff will help to reduce its transmission.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends you have your dog vaccinated against canine flu if they’re going to come in frequent contact with other dogs. Although the vaccine doesn’t completely prevent infection, it reduces the severity of the disease and shortens the period that infected dogs shed the virus which minimizes spread. A combination of good hygiene and vaccination will be the best way to protect your dog in a busy doggy environment.
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