Important Notice Regarding Canine Flu

December 5th, 2017 – Canine Influenza Update

We want to begin by saying thank you to all of the amazing Karnik on Black pet parents who entrust us with the care of your pets. As pet lovers and pet parents ourselves, we take that responsibility very seriously, which is why we moved so quickly when we learned of confirmed cases of the highly contagious Canine Influenza Virus (dog flu) in the Toledo area.

As we head into the December holidays and the New Year, we want to provide you with the latest Canine Influenza update and share some of the many steps Karnik on Black has taken to protect your pets.

• We’ve been monitoring dog flu in the US, but after learning of a dog flu outbreak in our area, we began immediately requiring the Canine Influenza Bivalent vaccination, which covers the H3N8 and H3N2 strains.

• We communicated with clients and canceled reservations for dogs who had visited another lodging or daycare center, a groomer, a trainer, a dog park, or any other place where dogs come in contact with other dogs over the 30 days prior the first date of confirmed cases.

• We maintained our ongoing communication with area veterinarians to ensure we were doing everything in our power to keep pets safe.

• Since the flu vaccination requires two injections the first year, this process has taken time. However, as of December 9th, 2017, all dogs are required to have received both rounds of the Canine Influenza Virus vaccination prior to lodging or attending daycare at any Karnik location.

We have seen varying reports regarding the number of dogs infected by the canine flu, but we are happy to relay that there are only 2 reported cases of pets who visited Karnik Pet Lodge in Toledo that were treated for symptoms of dog flu. These dogs were in our facility during the week of October 17th-21st, during the initial outbreak. We’re happy to report that those two dogs are doing well and are fully recovered, and we have not had any reports of illness since these dates.

We attribute our ability to keep dogs healthy and safe to over 45 years of experience caring for pets, the unique design of our facilities, and the extra steps we take as part of our standard operating procedures. Here are just a few examples below:

• Our amazing team! We have a highly selective hiring process and each pet care attendant is provided the most up-to-date, advanced training through Karnik University; in addition to on-the-job training.

• We never stop cleaning! Our team at Karnik is trained to use the industry’s best practices for thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting enclosures, bedding, bowls, common areas and play areas, multiple times per day. This is standard practice.

• We have invested in state-of-the-art air exchange systems for keeping the air clean, and to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

• We conduct thorough pre-entry wellness checks for each dog to ensure we do not accept any dogs who show signs of respiratory illness, including a runny nose, sneezing or a cough. In the event we observe any of these symptoms upon check-in, we will not accept the dog.

• If any dog ever shows signs of illness, we move the dog to a private area and immediately contact the pet parent. If the pet parent isn’t available, we will seek veterinary treatment.

While the threat of dog flu is not over, we still ask that you take the precautions we’ve listed for you below.

• Anytime you have an upcoming reservation with us, we ask that you not take your dog to a dog park, another pet care facility, or anywhere dogs come in contact with each other, two weeks prior to visiting Karnik, since we have no way of knowing if all the dogs your dog may encounter have been properly vaccinated.

• Stay up-to-date on vaccinations and try to ensure your dog is vaccinated one to two weeks prior to playing with other dogs. This helps prevent the spread of anything they may have been exposed to at the veterinarian’s office. It also prevents any chance of viral shedding from the vaccinations received.

• Keep your dog very active, since just like humans, the extra activity helps promote and maintain a lifetime of good health and happiness for your furry family member.

Again, we would like to thank all of you for your patience and your understanding through this change in policy. Thank you for allowing Karnik on Black to continue to offer your pets the superior pet care that they deserve!


October 23rd, 2017

To All of Our Valued Clients:

As you may have already heard, two strains of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) have been documented across 46 states and most recently, there have been confirmed cases in our local area. While we have had no confirmed cases at any of our three Karnik locations, we want to take every precaution to keep it that way.

Therefore, based on this new information, and after speaking with area veterinarians and other pet care professionals, we will begin requiring the new Canine Influenza Virus bivalent vaccination, which covers both the H3N2 and H3N8 strains, effective immediately.

What you need to know right now:

• If you have taken your dog to another lodging or daycare center, a groomer, a trainer, a dog park, or any other place where dogs come in contact with other dogs in the last thirty days, we ask that you please keep your dog at home.

• Effective immediately, all dogs will be required to have received at least the first part of the bivalent vaccine, before lodging with us over the Thanksgiving holiday, however, we strongly recommend having both injections before that time. The vaccination is given in two injections that are spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart so please make plans to get the first injection for your pet as soon as possible.

• As of December 9, we will require that all lodging and daycare guests have received both rounds of the CIV vaccinations. The only exception will be if your veterinarian determines that a dog is not well suited to receive it.

• Because we have no control over where dogs go when they are not in our care, Canine Cough and Canine Influenza Virus will not be covered under our Healthy Pet Program. Instead, we want to provide you with information about the flu that will let you know what we’re doing to keep pets safe, and what you can do as well.

Here’s what we do to keep pets healthy:

• We never stop cleaning! Our team at Karnik is trained to use the industry’s best practices for thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting enclosures, bedding, bowls, common areas and play areas, multiple times per day. This is standard practice.

• Our state-of-the-art exhaust system exchanges the air every five minutes to eliminate the spread of bacteria and viruses.

• We conduct a thorough pre-entry wellness check for each dog to ensure we do not accept any dogs who show signs of respiratory illness, including a runny nose, sneezing or a cough. In the event we observe any of these symptoms upon check-in, we will not accept the dog. At the same time, we ask that pet parents not bring dogs to Karnik who are showing any of these symptoms.

Here’s what YOU can do:

• Anytime you have an upcoming reservation with us, we ask that you not take your dog to a dog park, another pet care facility, or anywhere dogs come in contact with each other, two weeks prior to visiting Karnik, since we have no way of knowing if all the dogs your dog may encounter have been properly vaccinated.

• Stay up-to-date on vaccinations and try to ensure your dog is vaccinated one to two weeks prior to playing with other dogs. This helps prevent the spread of anything they may have been exposed to at the veterinarian’s office. It also prevents any chance of viral shedding from the vaccinations received.

• Keep your dog very active, since just like humans, the extra activity helps promote and maintain a lifetime of good health and happiness for your furry family member.

We are thrilled to provide a safe and fun place for your pets to come stay and play. We’ve provided you with six facts about CIV below, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact any of our locations during our normal business hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for your holiday travels, but your pet’s health is our number one concern. We truly care for each and every one of your pets as if they were our own.

Sincerely,

The Karnik Family

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Six Facts about Canine Influenza Virus

1. What is Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)?

The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a highly contagious dog flu. It is a respiratory infection in dogs that is caused by a virus, which is actually in the same family of viruses as the human flu virus.

2. What are the symptoms of CIV?

Symptoms of CIV are respiratory problems such as sneezing, nasal discharge, runny nose, and a deep cough. In severe cases, these symptoms may be accompanied by fever and difficulty breathing.

3. What are the risk factors for my dog?

CIV is found worldwide and will infect a high percentage of dogs during their lifetime. It can spread anywhere dogs come in contact with each other – the dog park, the vet’s office, grooming salons, pet stores, playtime with friends, a walk in the neighborhood, a child’s athletic event, and even premium pet care centers. Just like humans with a cold, dogs can be contagious and spread the illness to other dogs before ever showing signs of being sick. This makes it very difficult for pet care professionals and pet parents to identify asymptomatic dogs with CIV.

4. Will the vaccination protect my dog?

There is a Nobivac Flu Canine Bivalent vaccine, which protects against both the H3N8 and the H3N2 strains of CIV. Like Bordetella (Canine Cough) and human flu vaccines, the CIV vaccine does not guarantee that a dog will not get the flu if exposed, but it will greatly reduce the length and severity of the infection. In addition, dogs who are vaccinated greatly reduce viral shedding. We recommend you speak with your veterinarian.

5. Is there a test for CIV?

Testing to confirm H3N8 and H3N2 canine influenza virus infection in dogs is available. Your veterinarian can tell you if testing is appropriate.

6. How serious is CIV?

First, it’s important to remember that most dogs recover from CIV with no complications. According to the Center for Disease Control, less than 5% of dogs die from the virus. Also, just like with human flu, it tends to be more severe in older and very young dogs.

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