Update on Vaccine Requirements

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K9 Loft Family,

As you may have heard in the news recently, there are increased cases of both Leptospirosis and Canine Influenza in Los Angeles County. In light of this information and in consultation with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and our veterinarians, we have decided to require that all dogs visiting K9 Loft be vaccinated for Leptospirosis and Canine Influenza.

Starting October 1, 2021, K9 Loft will require that all dogs visiting K9 Loft have the following up to date vaccines:

1. Bordetella

2. Distemper/Parvo

3. Rabies

4. Leptospirosis (must have first of two doses administered by October 1, 2021.)

5. Canine Influenza (must have first of two doses administered by October 1, 2021.)

Please help us keep our dogs safe and healthy and contact your veterinarian to schedule an appointment for these important vaccines.

We have also provided information below regarding Leptospirosis and Canine Influenza.


Leptospirosis

What Is It

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. The disease causes serious damage to the kidney and liver, and may be fatal in severe cases.

Why Is This Important to My Pet’s Health

In July 2021, Veterinary Public Health noted a large increase in reported confirmed and suspected canine leptospirosis cases.

How Is This Transmitted

Bacteria are passed in the urine of infected animals and can survive in the environment for long periods

of time in warm, stagnant water or moist soil. Most dogs are infected by direct contact with urine from an infected animal.

What Are The Symptoms

Signs of leptospirosis may include fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, changes in the frequency or amount of urination, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), or painful inflammation within the eyes.

Where Can I Get More Information

Please contact your veterinarian for more information or visit here: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/Leptospirosis2021.htm

Canine Influenza

What Is It

Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs.

Why Is This Important to My Pet’s Health

Since July 31, 2021 a total of 10 confirmed cases and 46 suspected cases of influenza in dogs have been reported in LA County.

How Is This Transmitted

Canine flu is thought to spread mainly among dogs through respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing from infected dogs, or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

What Are The Symptoms

The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge, and reduced appetite, but not all dogs will show signs of illness.

Where Can I Get More Information

Please contact your veterinarian for more information or visit here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/influenzacan...

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