Dog flu reported at South Loop pet store

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CHICAGO – An outbreak of canine flu has been confirmed in a pet store in Chicago’s South Loop.

In a statement, PetSmart confirms multiple cases of the respiratory illness in dogs at its South Loop pets hotel and one confirmed case of canine flu.

“We have seen multiple cases of canine respiratory illness in dogs in our South Loop PetsHotel location. At this point, we have one confirmed case of Canine Influenza.  The health and well-being of pets is our top priority, and we are going to do everything we can to help contain the spread of this virus and ensure the pets in our PetsHotels receive the best care possible.”

Staff at the store has been busy calling dog owners, clearing the doggie daycare out and scrubbing everything down.  It is a process that’ll take three days.

Many dog owners are commending the actions that PetSmart has taken since discovering the outbreak.

Petsmart says the dogs with symptoms are getting regular checkups from a vet. Concerned dog owners will want to keep an eye out for any coughing, a drop in energy or a low fever.

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  • Chitownlady Emj

    so so sad. Well, at least the management didn’t sit in their hands this time. Once any dog is exposed 99.0 chance they too will come down with it as well. no matter what they do…….

  • Rachel Cassiday

    My dogs contracted the influenza at the pet smart on Elston and Logan either at the animal hospital on June 26 or the groomer on July 2. Unfortunately, my older one had developed pneumonia. With days at the ER and no improvement, he had to be put to sleep on July 11. They closed their grooming facility for 1/2 a day to disinfect. Almost $5000 later in bills and still no reports or news on this location. Incredibly frustrating.

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