CANINE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK
Starting October 1st, 2019, ALL boarding and daycare dogs must be fully vaccinated with the CIV (Canine Influenza Virus) vaccine in order to stay at the Albany Pet Hotel.
Local veterinarians have informed us that there have been several confirmed cases of Canine Influenza in the area including Salem and Corvallis. In response to the outbreak, the Albany Pet Hotel will be requiring the CIV vaccine for all boarding and daycare dogs starting October 1st, 2019. If your dog has not been vaccinated for CIV before, the vaccine requires two rounds 2 - 4 weeks apart in order to be fully effective. We encourage clients to schedule an immunization appointment with their veterinarian as soon as possible. Unfortunately the Albany Pet Hotel will not be offering administration of the CIV vaccine at this time.
While we realize this may pose as an inconvenience for our clients, our new vaccine policy is strictly for the health and wellbeing of your canine friend, which has been and will always be our #1 priority. We want to be as proactive as possible in helping eliminate the spread of this virus by following local veterinarians' recommendation of requiring the CIV vaccine.
About Canine Influenza
The Canine Influenza is an airborne illness that can be contracted in high traffic areas such as the dog park, pet stores, and daycare/boarding facilities like the Albany Pet Hotel. Just like Canine Cough (Bordetella), Canine Influenza is highly contagious. Dogs who are brought into high traffic areas such as the Albany Pet Hotel are at risk for contracting CIV when there is an outbreak. Additionally, puppies, geriatric dogs, and brachycephalic dogs (i.e. pugs, boston terriers, french bulldogs, boxers, mastiffs, etc.) are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
The Albany Pet Hotel strives to do everything possible to prevent the outbreak from spreading. This includes providing air purifiers in each room, maintaining a clean facility, isolating dogs the second they appear ill, and informing owners of the outbreak and the risks associated with it. Due to the high susceptibility of unvaccinated dogs contracting the virus, we want owners to know that their dogs are at risk until fully vaccinated with the CIV vaccine. We encourage concerned owners or those with high risk dogs to find alternative care outside of a high traffic facility (like the Albany Pet Hotel) with friends or family members until fully vaccinated.
If you have any questions regarding Albany Pet Hotel's new vaccine policy, please do not hesitate to contact our reception team at 541-926-9351. If you have any further questions regarding Canine Influenza, the CIV vaccine, or you suspect your dog may be ill, please contact your regular veterinarian.