We posted this information on Friday, 6/12, but wanted to provide some additional information.
1. As far as we are aware, we have not had a dog on the premises who has/had the canine flu. The customer who originally contacted us had not had her dog in the store for months prior to this incident. We have since had one other customer make us aware that their dog also has tested positive for the flu, but again, the dog has not been on our premises. These dogs contracted the flu elsewhere and have not been in Fido’s Market.
2. We understand your concerns. We have had the same concerns, which is what led us to researching and developing additional safety protocols in the store. Every employee of Fido’s Market is committed to following these protocols to further minimize risks, and we are all happy to answer questions you may have.
3. This is the flu. It is contagious. Minimize your dogs exposure to other dogs. Don’t do daycare or boarding unless necessary. Don’t take your dog to grooming unless necessary. Don’t bring your dog to pet stores unless necessary.
4. We love the dogs. We love seeing and petting and loving on the dogs. But we want your dogs to be healthy. So please…unless you have a grooming appointment or we are doing a nutritional consult, please leave your dog home.
5. If your dog is need of a nail trim, please call for an appointment. We are still willing to do them on a “walk-in” basis, but please give us a call before you come to ensure that we can accommodate you at that time. This will minimize the amount of time you may have to wait, and therefore minimize potential exposure risks.
6. Be respectful of your grooming appointment times. Please show up at your scheduled time (not 15 minutes early or late) and please pick your dog up promptly. These protocols are in place for the protection of all dogs, including yours.
7. Keep boosting your dog’s immune system. Answer’s goat’s milk and Herbsmith’s Support Immunity are great ways to do this.
Thanks again for all of your support!
~Michelle, Jeff, Angelina, Nancy and Meghan
We wanted to reach out to each of you regarding the canine flu. We have had a customer confirm that her dogs have tested positive for the H3N2 virus, the new form of the canine flu. This dog has not been in Fido’s Market for well over a month and did not encounter it here. They were recently in a situation where they were exposed to several other dogs and it is believed that is where they contracted it. Our point here is that you can presume several other dogs have contracted it at the same time and the spread will continue.
We want to remind you that there is no need to panic; simply use cautionary tactics. Boost your dog’s immune system and avoid exposure to other dogs. We put this together a few weeks ago, but if you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute to read it.
The following measures are being implemented effective immediately:
- As much as we love to see your dogs, we are asking that all customers LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME when you come to the store. This will minimize your dogs’ exposure, as well as protect other dogs if your dog has already been exposed – a dog is contagious BEFORE he even shows signs of being ill.
- The self dog wash will be temporarily closed.
- We will continue to offer grooming services and have increased our cleaning protocols even further. Additionally, we will be limiting the number of dogs we groom per day to eliminate the possibility of dogs overlapping and to give us extra time to clean in between. We ask that you are respectful of your appointment times – drop off at your scheduled time and pick up your dog promptly when finished. Additionally, your dog must be on a short leash and not allowed to wander about the store. Angelina will be checking in clients in her grooming room to minimize overall store exposure.
- If you are concerned and want to cancel your current grooming appointment, please give us a call. 678-240-0440.
- Please call to schedule nail trim appointments. Again, we don’t want to spread the flu further by allowing dogs to wander about or interact with other dogs while they wait.
Again, there is no need to panic. Be cautious, just as we are. We’re here to help if you have any questions.
We’ve been fielding a lot of questions and having a lot of conversations regarding the Canine Flu, trying to help people sort through what’s fact and what’s fear. Here’s some of the questions and answers, but if you have others, please feel free to ask.
- What is the Canine Flu? A virus. It is a contagious respiratory disease among dogs. There are two strains. One is H3N8 and has been in the US for more than 10 years. This is not the strain that has been active in the Midwest and was found in Atlanta last week. The virus currently circulating the country, and now found in Atlanta, is the H3N2 virus, never previously found in the US.
- What are the symptoms of the Canine Flu? Fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Some dogs may show more severe symptoms (generally because they have other respiratory infections); others may be infected/carriers and not show any symptoms at all.
- Will my dog die if he gets the Canine Flu? Immune compromised dogs and puppies are at higher risk, but even then, the risk is very small (as of the time of this posting, less than 1%). Most dogs fully recover (more…)
If you haven’t started your flea prevention protocol yet, it’s definitely time to kick it in gear. Here’s our protocol for prevention:
It does no good to treat the pets or the house and not do anything in your yard. Even if your dogs never leave your yard (and that’s no fun, by the way), other critters come into your yard and may drop some fleas or flea eggs. So…. in early spring, we treat the yard with nematodes. The folks at Arbico Organics are super nice and will help you determine what kind and how much you need. Tell them we said hi (and no, we don’t get anything from them for it…we just like them; they’re good folks).
If a flea makes it into the house, you want to make sure you’ve got it under control. QUICKLY. We preventatively (more…)
Flea season will be here before you know it. Are you planning to use a pharmaceutical drug on your pet this year? If you’d like something more natural and safe, stop by and let us show you your options and get you started on a preventative plan before it becomes a recovery plan.
Not sure what you want to do yet, here’s a nice little article for you to read. Keywords to notice – neurotoxin, carcinogen, organ damage. And yes, this applies to using it on your cats as well.
It is Pet Dental Health Month and I’m not sure I could find a better example of why raw feeding is better for your pet’s dental care than this one.
This is amazing to watch a “backwards transformation” and see how quickly it can go bad. Totally worth 4 minutes of your time. Watch it, and then let’s talk about your pets.
It’s Pet Dental Health Month and we want you to SHOW US THAT SMILE! Post a photo of your pup smiling on our Facebook page between now and 2/22/15 (be sure to include your pet’s name). On 2/23/15, we will share all of the them in one photo album. The photo with the most “likes” in the album at the end of the day on 2/28/15 will win a $25 Fido’s Gift Certificate.
To make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite things.
Sadie got a soothing bath and blueberry facial. She may not look like she enjoyed this, but she really did. I don’t think she’s ever gotten this much attention in her life. We were able to get a lot of the dried scabs off of her skin and take some of the smell away, but I’m certain as she begins to detox all of the bad stuff, the smell will return and probably get worse before it gets better. The tips of her ears were crusted over and after working on them for a couple of days with coconut oil, once she was in the tub with the blueberry facial, we were able to scrape most of it off. You can see she pretty much has no hair left on her tail.