As dog flu hangs on, dog-friendly Asheville pulls back


There’s a fairly serious dog flu going around, if you haven’t noticed. This is not kennel cough. This is an unusual strain of a flu virus, and it’s starting to cause dog-friendly Asheville to pull back a bit. To wit:

From the Bywater earlier this week, see the above graphic.

From the doggie daycare that I take Sammie to, Pet Vet on Patton:

Due to the recent Canine Influenza outbreak in Asheville, we will not be accepting any boarding or daycare dog that has been to any other boarding or daycare facility, or any dog parks, in the last 2 weeks.

We do this for the health & safety of all of our patients including yours.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank You!

A bit of background, from a recent story dog flu story at

The spread of dog flu (canine influenza virus) was inevitable – and it’s now happening. H3N2, the canine influenza virus that first appeared in the Chicago area this Spring, is now in Atlanta, GA: Asheville, NC, in places in New Jersey and is reemerging in Chicago. Reports of flu are also in New York City and in Florida. And no doubt, there’s more to come. In addition, one cat has now been positively diagnosed. In all at least 17 states are affected to some extent – some only a few positives, others much more. …

“However, if the dog flu is occurring where you live, keep your dogs away from other dogs,” says Chicago vet Dr. Natalie Marks. “Talk with your veterinarian about appropriate precautions.” Likely that means no dog parks, no visits to pet stores….and perhaps avoiding dog day care, avoid boarding, no grooming and for now even skipping dog training classes and instead private lessons may be preferred.


Rebecca August 2, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Poor pups. Get well soon, doggies!

Mark Stoffan July 23, 2015 - 12:18 pm

The Bywater boards dogs? Methinks the quote was accidentally duplicated from the Pet Vet.

The Real World July 24, 2015 - 7:13 pm

No, it’s correct.

Bywater doesn’t board dogs, rather they allow customers to bring them along to hang with their owners in the outside area.

Gina July 26, 2015 - 11:19 am

It says the quote is from the Pet Vet on Patton. When it refers to the Bywater it says “From the Bywater earlier this week, see the above graphic.” meaning the sign they’ve posted for dog owners.

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