Archive | May, 2014

Press Release: Dog Flu Comes to MA for First Time

Contact: Elizabeth Staples
May 28, 2014

Dog Flu Comes to Massachusetts for First Time

How Should You Be Protecting Your Pet?

Chicopee, MA – According to the Massachusetts Division of Animal Health, the first ever case of canine influenza has been confirmed in Gloucester, MA. Although you may think this does not affect our area, it is like any outbreak, the dog flu spreads like human influenza.  Symptoms include:  runny eyes/nose, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, lethargy, and other symptoms that are also associated with canine cough.

“We want to stress the importance of keeping your dog home if they are exhibiting any of these symptoms,” says Elizabeth Staples, Owner of The Good Dog Spot, a dog daycare and grooming facility in Chicopee. “Just like you would keep your child home from school, we suggest not bringing your dog to daycare, a dog park or other public place when he or she is sick.  Also try to refrain from bringing them for 2 days AFTER receiving a live virus vaccine (such as bordetella or canine influenza) to avoid bringing the live virus into a public place, causing your dog and all other dogs in the area to be more susceptible.”

Your veterinarian can help assist in diagnosis and recommended vaccines.




At The Good Dog Spot, they are all about enhancing the life of your dog and improving your relationship with him. Their top priority is always the emotional well-being of both dog and owner. They provide structured day care that incorporates training, exercise, and proper rest to bring out the best in every dog. Their state-of-the-art facility provides a clean, safe environment for your pet, whether he or she is there to play for the day, be pampered in their Pet ‘Spaw’, learn from their resident trainer or just shop in their unique pet Boutique.  They welcome your visit, so please feel free to Come. Sit. Stay.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!: (And there’s something in it for you too!)

The Good Dog Spot is looking for a GROOMER to join our team!
We would like your referrals!
If your referral leads us to the right person for our open position, you will be thanked with 5 FREE DAYS OF DAYCARE!

So please share and pass along a brief overview of the position and our mission and values here at The Good Dog Spot!

Position Available: GroomerGroomer

The primary job responsibilities are:
1. Groom each animal to TGDS standards, safely and humanely, using up-to-date tools and techniques
2. Provide exceptional customer service to all clients both human and pets
3. Ensure cleanliness of grooming and lobby areas
4. Provide backup assistance in daycare as needed

Our Mission Is To:
Ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

For more information about the position please contact us: or 413-534-1333

Attention All Dog Parents!



According to the article below, the Dog Flu has been found in Massachusetts! We would like to stress the importance of NOT bringing your dog to daycare when he/she is sick.   And also to refrain from bringing them for 2 days AFTER receiving a live virus vaccine (such as bordetella or canine influenza) to avoid bringing the live virus into the building, causing your dog and all other dogs attending to be more susceptible.

Symptoms include:  runny eyes/nose, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, lethargic, and more.


Dog flu detected in Mass. for first time

Disease similar to ‘kennel cough,’ experts say 

GLOUCESTER, Mass. —The Massachusetts Division of Animal Health has informed veterinarians that the canine influenza virus — or dog flu — has been found in the state for the first time.

First reported in Florida in 2005, the respiratory illness has been confirmed in four Essex County dogs believed to have been exposed at the same facility in Ipswich.

The disease is a respiratory-tract illness similar to the more common bordetella respiratory disease, known as kennel cough. Dog flu can produce a hacking-type cough, along with repeated throat clearing and frequent swallowing and lethargy.

The Gloucester Daily Times reports that puppies and older dogs as well as dogs already suffering from another illness are particularly vulnerable. It is rarely fatal.

There is a vaccine available.

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