January 31, 2018
Hello from Darby’s Pet Paradise,
We wanted to start off by introducing ourselves to you. Debbie and Angie have officially retired and have passed the torch on to us, nieces Vanessa Serna and Tiffany Lanza. We’ve been around the business since we were little, and have been a part of caring for your furry family members over the last few years. We look forward to doing the same for many years to come.
Now on to a more pressing matter: We recently became aware of an article The Mercury News published on January 11th, 2018. Patrick May wrote about a Los Gatos vet, Dr. Kyle Frandle, who let his clients know that there have been confirmed cases of Canine Influenza H3N2 in their area. What we know now is that it is a highly contagious airborne virus that has been circulating the Bay Area. We’ve heard rumors of the virus being as close as Manteca and Ripon. Symptoms that have been reported are similar to kennel cough and are: fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose, coughing, and vomiting. Please see websites below for more information.
In an attempt to protect all of our clients, we are now requiring the Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV) for any dogs staying at our facility on or after February 14th, and we will not accept any dogs who have not had their first CIV vaccination by that date. By March 14th, we will not be accepting any dogs who have not had their second vaccination. Your vet will advise you of the length of time between the two doses, which can range from two to four weeks. If you already have a reservation scheduled to begin prior to February 14th and are unsure if this applies to you, please contact us immediately.
Just like the human flu, no amount of supervision or sanitation can prevent an airborne strain from spreading in a social environment. We will continue to take every precaution to minimalize risk at our facility. Thank you for doing your part in getting your dogs vaccinated.
Vanessa & Tiffany
Darby's Pet Paradise
1601 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto CA 95356