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May 16, 2014

Dog flu shows up in local canine population

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Don Mueller, who runs Playful Pack Doggy Daycare in Ipswich, is already on the case. He hasn’t confirmed any flu cases at his facility, but he’s been alerted to others. “I’m sure it’s just a matter of time,” he said. “Another daycare had to close for a week.”

He’s taken steps to prevent the spread of the ailment. “We can keep the doors and windows open, allow a lot of ventilation,” he said. “We change the dogs’ water frequently.” The cleaning regime has been boosted, and he’s using a UVC light system capable of cleansing the air. He also isolates new dogs for 14 days to make sure they’re not spreading any disease.

On the other hand, he conceded, dogs carrying the flu don’t always show symptoms. And, sometimes, the cough is merely from a cold.

“At this point, we are not requiring canine influenza vaccination,” Mueller said. “But we are highly recommending that you give it some serious thought. We may require it at some point.”

For his part, Friedman is getting a supply in. He placed his order yesterday.

“It’s not going to hurt anyone to get the vaccine,” he said.”It’s safe and reasonably effective.”

Alan Burke can be reached at aburke@salemnews.com.

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