Canine Influenza Alert

7/26/2008:

Have a dog?

Here’s what one Hoboken411 reader wants you to know:

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Canine Influenza outbreak in New Jersey

“Just thought that since a majority of your readers seem to be dog owners, you may want to post this. In Mercer County, over the past few weeks, the first cases of Canine Influenza have been confirmed.

There was a boarding shelter on Route 1 in West Windsor that shut down for 2 weeks to sterilize their facility after a half dozen dogs were sick after being boarded there. You may be thinking that Mercer is far from Hudson, but the reality is, this flu has made its way up from Texas, so we should be careful. (There were also confirmed cases in Sussex and Burlington counties). Dogs do not have a natural immunity to the disease so they’re strongly suggesting that places such as kennels, dog parks, groomers, pet stores and doggie daycare centers should be visited with caution. Basically, any social situation puts a dog at risk (i.e. the Dog Party at Church Square Park this weekend).

I dropped off my pooch at Hoboken Unleashed this morning and they said they were aware the flu was going around, but did not have any dogs in their facility that had been sick in the recent weeks.

Symptoms appear about 2-5 days after exposure include fever and cough, which can last up to 3 weeks.

Just want to advise all of the other puppy parents out there to BE CAREFUL!!!”

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