Contact: Elizabeth Staples
May 28, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.