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Pet lodging business now requiring canine flu vaccines

Pet lodging business now requiring canine flu vaccines
Posted at 8:43 AM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-22 08:43:21-04

A local pet lodging business is sending out a warning about a virus that can spread to both dogs and cats.

Dawn Hubbard owns Samarkand Kennels in DeWitt.

She says she's taking every precaution to protect animals visiting her kennel from canine influenza.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, canine influenza, also known as the dog flu, is not only highly contagious, but it can also lead to death.

Hubbard says soon dogs will not be able to stay Samarkand Kennels unless they’re vaccinated.

“Once this is in your building, because it's airborne, you can't get rid of it except to close down”, said Hubbard.

“It will go through every dog that's here.”

Canine vaccinations will become a requirement at the lodge starting November 1, 2018.

The AVMA says canine influenza can spread from dogs to cats, but unfortunately, there is no vaccination available for felines.