Dog Flu Vaccination

Why Vaccinate?

In recent years, outbreaks of dog flu have occurred in the midwest and even in Northwest Ohio. For several years, Rover Come Over established protocol and procedures in order to minimize the risks of infection to our dogs. In addition to these safety measures, we require that your dogs are vaccinated against the H3N8 and/or H3N2 virus that spread throughout the Chicago area for the past several years. 

We urge you to discuss available canine flu vaccinations with your vet. It's important that you inform your vet that your dog attends daycare and he or she can advise how to best protect your dog. Given last year's outbreak peaked in the spring months, it's important you act now to minimize risks. The seriousness and numbers of cases involved in the outbreak warrant extra precautionary measures at Rover Come Over. 

While it has always been our practice not to accept dogs from out of town, we ask for your help in ensuring our dogs are not exposed to potential cases of the flu. Accordingly, please review the guidelines below. We know our customers understand that the health and well-being of all of our Rover dogs is a top priority and we thank you in advance for your compliance and assistance in keeping a healthy daycare environment.

Dog Flu Symptoms

If your dog is showing any of the following symptoms, please seek veterinary care immediately: 

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Variable fever
  • Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
  • Rapid/difficult breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

View our 2017 Dog Flu Bulletin

Please do not bring your dog to Rover for at least three (3) weeks if any of the following apply:

  • If your dog has been out of town in the past three (3) weeks
  • If you have had family or company staying with you from out of town and they have brought their dog with them
  • If your dog has had any other exposure to any dog from out of town, including turnpike doggy rest-stops, kennels, dog parks, etc.
  • If you have multiple dogs and one dog is displaying flu symptoms, the other dogs in the household will not be permitted to attend daycare or boarding at Rover
  • If your dog has been to the Toledo dog park, daycare or any other local boarding facility

Additional Information Regarding Dog Flu

ASPCA: Canine Influenza Virus: Transmission & Clinical Signs

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PetMD: Dog Flu

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WebMD: Dog Flu: Keep Your Pet Safe

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DOGFLUFACTS: What You Need to Know about Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

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Zoetis: About Canine Influenza Virus

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Toledo Blade: The 2017 Local Dog Flu Outbreak

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