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Riverview Grooming's Response to the Mysterious Canine Respiratory Illness

At Riverview Grooming, we are deeply committed to the health and safety of our furry friends. In light of the recent outbreak of a mysterious respiratory illness affecting dogs, we are implementing enhanced safety measures and want to provide you with important information about the virus.




Understanding the Mysterious Respiratory Illness in Dogs


What's Happening?


Veterinarians across the U.S. have reported an increased number of dogs presenting with a respiratory illness, varying from mild infections to severe pneumonia. The exact cause is still under investigation, but it's believed to be highly contagious among dogs.


How Worried Should I Be?


Recent reports about the respiratory illness affecting dogs can be concerning. It's natural to worry about the health and safety of your furry family member. However, at Riverview Grooming, we believe in taking informed and proactive measures rather than giving in to fear.


  • Understanding the Risks:

  • The illness is a concern, but not all dogs will be affected.

  • Vigilance about symptoms and maintaining good hygiene and health practices are essential.

  • Our Safety Measures:

  • To alleviate concerns, we've enhanced our safety protocols.

  • Introduction of UV air sanitizers and stricter cleaning procedures.

  • These steps significantly reduce the risk of pathogen spread in our facility.

  • Stay Informed:

  • Keeping up-to-date with symptoms and the latest developments is essential.

  • If you notice any signs of respiratory illness in your pet, consult your veterinarian promptly.


Symptoms to Look Out For


The primary symptoms to watch for include cough, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, fever, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, it can progress to pneumonia, requiring intensive care.


Diagnosis and Treatment


Diagnosing this illness can be challenging, as many tests often return negative for known pathogens. Treatment varies based on severity, with mild cases possibly resolving without intervention and severe cases requiring hospitalization.


Riverview Grooming's Proactive Measures


Prescreening at Check-In


As a precautionary step, we're initiating a prescreening process at check-in. This will help us ensure the health of every dog entering our salon.


If your dog is showing any of the following symptoms, please reschedule your grooming appointment:


  • Cough

  • Sneezing

  • Nasal discharge

  • Eye discharge

  • Fever

  • Difficulty breathing






Enhanced Cleaning Protocols & UV Air Sanitizers


We are strengthening our cleaning protocols, including additional kennels and workstation disinfection. We're installing UV air sanitizers to help fight the spread of pathogens. These devices are effective in neutralizing airborne pathogens and ensuring a healthy environment. UV air sanitizers utilize ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technology, renowned for its effectiveness in neutralizing various airborne pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. This technology works by disrupting the DNA of these microorganisms, significantly reducing the risk of airborne diseases and contributing to a safer environment for everyone in our facility.


By implementing UV air sanitizers, we're enhancing our ability to maintain clean and healthy air quality, which is crucial for the well-being of pets and staff. This addition is part of our continued effort to provide the safest grooming experience possible. [1]



Staying Informed and Safe


We encourage all pet owners to stay informed about this illness and consult a veterinarian if their dog shows any symptoms. Early detection and treatment are vital in managing this illness. For more information, refer to the detailed report by the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.


🐾 We thank you for your trust in Riverview Grooming. Your pet's health and safety are our top priorities, and we are dedicated to providing the best and safest grooming experience. For updates on our policies and practices, please visit Riverview Grooming's homepage.


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🐾 Stay assured your pets are in safe hands at Riverview Grooming!


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