Starting July 1, 2018 (with a grace period of up to July 16) we will be requiring that the first dose of the bivalent canine influenza vaccine be completed before boarding and attending daycare at Dogville. This is not due to an outbreak, but out of an abundance of caution. Please understand that I do not make this decision lightly—I understand the additional cost to owners and the fear of over vaccination, but our senior and special needs population are at a higher risk of complications from the disease and it continues to spread across the country. Other practices in the area are now requiring influenza vaccination for boarding, so we are not the first to do so, and we believe that vaccinating now will help us keep our doors open and your travel plans safe in the event of an outbreak in Oklahoma. Please note, in order for your dog(s) to be fully protected from exposure, two shots are required along with a two week waiting period after the second shot—HOWEVER, we are only requiring the first shot in the series be completed by July 16 for boarding or daycare. You will be responsible for completing the second shot in the series per your veterinarian’s guidelines—a single vaccination will not be adequate for boarding later in the year. If you have a dog that cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons only, please have your veterinarian provide us with a vaccine waiver for our records.
For more information about canine influenza, please visit the website www.dogflu.com There is a wealth of information on this site and I strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the disease and its symptoms. Please note that the outbreak map on this site includes Oklahoma, but at this time, only one laboratory confirmed sample has been identified. As of this date, there are no outbreaks in Oklahoma to my knowledge.
Delana Taylor McNac, DVM, Owner/Manager
Dogville Daycare & Boarding
9525 E. 47th Place
Tulsa, OK 74145