We have been carefully watching the news about canine influenza that has been detected in dogs in the Midwest. While no cases have been confirmed, there is some great information out there from the University of Minnesota that you can read to help keep your pet safe and healthy.
I encourage all participants who will be bringing their dog to read through this information:
University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety: Canine Influenza
If you have concerns about potential for canine influenza and how you can protect your dog, we recommend having a discussion with your veterinarian about risks and possible vaccines that are available and safe for your dog.
While the risk is low, we are asking that anyone who believes their dog may be sick (coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, etc), please leave your dog at home.
We will also have bottled water at our water stops in addition to large water bowls if you prefer to not have your dog drink water from a shared bowl.