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To Our Valued Clients,

The safety and well-being of our clients, patients, and staff are our highest priority. As such, we are closely monitoring the most recent reports from the CDC as well as state and local government agencies relating to COVID-19.

In response to updated reports and information that continues to be presented, we are taking all precautions necessary to protect everyone’s well-being and have made the decision to institute a “no visitor” policy starting March 20, 2020, until further notice. This means that only hospital personnel will be allowed in the building. In order for us to adhere to this and still continue to provide our clients and their pets with the care needed, we are taking the following measures:

  1. All patient examinations will be either concierge “curbside” or drop-off appointments. When you arrive at the hospital for your appointment time, please call the office from your car to let staff know that you are here. A staff member will come out to your car to bring your pet inside for its exam. Once examined, the doctor will call you to go over any findings and recommendations. After the examination and/or diagnostics are done, your pet will be brought back out to you. A staff member will then be out to collect payment (credit card payments can be made over the phone) for the visit as well as bring you any prescribed medications.
  2. Our hours have changed:
    Mon – Thurs: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sat: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and closed on Sundays until this crisis passes.
  3. All medication pick-ups will also be curbside. Please call us when you arrive, and we will deliver the ordered items to your car. Now is also an ideal time to utilize our online pharmacy for home delivery of medications and prescription diets. Please visit our online pharmacy here.
  4. We ask that if you or your family members are sick, please reschedule your appointment or ask that someone else bring your pet in.

If anyone has any questions, please call or email us. We will continue to stay in touch and keep you up to date on any changes going forward and appreciate your understanding.

Best regards,

The Doctors & Staff of Sully Animal Hospital

Dog Flu Information

We highly recommend vaccinating your dog against the flu.

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What happens to dogs who are sick with the flu?

The infection rate is high, but (depending on which report you read) 20-50% of dogs will simply make antibodies and clear the infection without any signs of illness at all. The other 50-80% will show symptoms of the flu. They will have fevers, listlessness, coughing, and a snotty nose. Most dogs will recover with supportive treatment (antibiotics, perhaps nebulization/humidification, etc.).

A small percentage of dogs will get pneumonia. These dogs are at risk of death, and thus, support must be more aggressive such as hospitalization, intravenous fluid therapy, etc. Most of these dogs will recover as long as they receive proper care. The mortality (death) rate is 5 to 8 percent. The incubation period is two to five days, and the course of infection lasts two to four weeks.

Because this is an emerging disease, few dogs will have immunity to it unless they have received one of the new vaccines. This means that any dog unvaccinated for influenza is a candidate for infection.

  • The point is not to ignore a coughing dog.
  • Do not allow your dog to socialize with coughing dogs. If your dog develops a cough, see your veterinarian.
  • If your dog develops a snotty nose, listlessness, and cough, do not be surprised if your veterinarian wants to look at chest radiographs and considers hospitalization.

How is the disease transmitted?

Dogs that are infected will shed the virus in bodily secretions whether or not they appear to be sick. Virus transmission can occur from direct contact with an infected dog or with its secretions. Kennel workers have been known to bring the virus home accidentally to their own pets. The virus can live on toys, bowls, collars, leashes, etc., for several days. Infected animals should be considered contagious for 14 days.

We highly recommend vaccinating your dog against the flu.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment for your dog’s flu shot. If they have never had the flu shot, they will need an initial vaccine, followed by a booster two to three weeks later.

Where can I find more information on the canine influenza virus?

More information on canine influenza in dogs can be found in this article:
Influenza A Virus (H3N8) in Dogs with Respiratory Disease, Florida in Emerging Infectious Diseases journal

In addition, the following websites may provide additional information: