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As dog flu cases increase in Louisville, doggie day cares take precautions

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the K-9 flu spreads more and more locally, doggie day cares are stepping up how they deal with and prevent the virus from entering their facilities.

In the last month, 40 dogs of been diagnosed with canine influenza in the Louisville area. To combat that, several doggie day cares like See Spot Grooming and Daycare are confirming vaccination records with dog owners.

The facility is taking no chances when it comes to stopping the spread of the highly contagious canine flue.

“We sanitize our shoes, we wash all our clothes nightly, any smock, any scrub top, anything like that has got to be cleaned before it can walk through the door,” said See Spot manager Jourdan Zachek. “Obviously, we don’t want to deal with it to begin with, so we don’t want anybody exposed to it that we can prevent.”

Zachek said they have refused to book pets that may pose a risk to other animals in the day care,  especially animals who have recently been to dog parks or additional doggie day cares.

“Anybody that has been elsewhere in the last three weeks has been asked to reschedule an additional three weeks out just to make sure they don’t develop symptoms.”

Zachek admits that has caused some owners to panic when it comes to their summer travel plans, but he knows it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to heed the precautions.

Since the virus arrived in Louisville, the Lyndon Animal Clinic has administered vaccines to more than 210 dogs. Fortunately, none of the animals had confirmed cases of the virus. However, the two strain version of the virus is so often administered it is now on backorder by several animal hospitals.

Veterinarians say while humans experience the flu season in the winter, dogs will get it in the summer. Symptoms cause dogs to cough, sneeze and have a reduced appetite.

Both Louisville Metro Animal Services and the Kentucky Human Society are vaccinating all animals that come into their facilities and plan to set up low-cost clinics around the city.

“The flu virus is easy to kill, but you got to have the right disinfectant for the right contact time. It just has to be done,” says Dr. Kurt Oliver with Lyndon Animal Clinic.

It’s expected the flu outbreak could last another two months locally before moving onto other counties and states.

Veterinarians say if you do plan on getting your dog vaccinated, it requires two shots, which must be administered two weeks apart to allow for the vaccine to work properly.

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