Canine Influenza Information

As you may have heard, local veterinarians have been reporting an uptick in cases of canine influenza, also referred to as Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), in certain ‘pockets’ of the DC Metro area.  Although various strains of this disease have been around since at least 2004, this particular strain appears to be more contagious.  According to the CDC, symptoms might include a cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite.

Please note: All classes will continue as scheduled at Your Dog’s Friend (YDF). However, as an extra precaution to ensure the health and safety of all the dogs coming to the training center, we ask that you follow these simple guidelines:

What you can do:

  1. Bring your own water bowl, mat, and toys (if needed to distract or calm your dog).
  2. If your dog (or any other dogs in your home) show symptoms of CIRDC:
    • Do not come to class or puppy party.
    • Talk with your vet and get advice for treatment.
    • Email your instructor to let her know you won’t be in class.
    • Keep your dog/s at home and away from other dogs in group settings until your vet gives you clearance to attend class.

What we are doing:

  1. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult with local vets for the most up-to-date information.
  2. We will not use YDF-provided toys, mats/blankets, or snuffle mats during classes for the next few weeks, in order to limit the sharing of items between dogs.
  3. We will have disinfectant wipes available to wipe down any areas of concern.

We care about the health and well-being of your dog and will continue to do our best to provide a safe environment where your pup’s very important needs for playing, learning, and training can be fulfilled.  Please see the AVSAB position on puppy socialization.