We are relishing the fabulous sunshine and snow out here in the Methow Valley. Dogs and their humans are certainly enjoying getting outside to play in it! Our canine guests are no exception!
Because we have doggie visitors from the west side of the state, we wanted to keep all our customers informed that King County is looking into the possibility that dogs in South King County may have contracted canine influenza (tests are pending). This can cause upper respiratory issues, usually mild.
Here is a very informative link to King5 New’s report:
The bottom line, according to the video and article is: there is no need to change your dog’s social lifestyle; however, because the virus can be spread by sneezing/coughing or physical contact:
If you dog has any of the symptoms below, you do not want to bring your dog to a social setting of any kind (dog park, daycare or boarding facility, agility trial, dog training center, or even your vet's office without first calling):
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy/lack of energy
As you can imagine, Rover’s Ranch Dog Boarding is a social place for dogs, and we are committed to safeguarding the health of all our canine guests, including your beloved dogs!
As a precaution, we are asking our customers to work with us by being aware of their dog's overall health before they travel. We are not able to board any dog that is exhibiting respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, please call your veterinarian and, if you are scheduled to board with us, call us at 509-341-4120.
We do not wish to create any concern or inconvenience, and we are happy to say that the risk of complications from this flu is small for the general dog population.
Please do not hesitate to call your veterinarian or us if you have any questions about this whatsoever.
As always, we look forward to playtime with each and every one of our canine customers!
Thank you so much! Patrick and Kathryn Heim