-On Sunday, PBR will be sponsoring a dog-friendly event at Public School on Banks Ave. The new bar is dog-friendly, and there will be plenty of give-aways.
-On Monday, PBR is sponsoring an art show at The Mothlight in West Asheville. The PBR Art Showcase will the work of several local artists, as well as music from Ouroboros Boys, Charlie Megira & The Bet She’an Valley Hillbillies.
Ummm, is a dog-friendly event really a good idea with the current epidemic dog flu going around locally? The Asheville Humane Society posted about it on their Facebook page on July 15, and here is an email from a vet’s office that someone shared on the all-knowing WAX facebook group:
You may or may not be aware that there is currently an outbreak of canine influenza here in the greater Asheville area. This virus is communicable to cats but not to humans. The dogs affected are exhibiting clinical signs like coughing, nasal discharge, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Several local kennel facilities have been a source of transmission. At this time it is our recommendation that your dog not be boarded or visit any dog park, grooming facility, day boarding, or any situation where strange dogs have nose to nose contact until transmission rates reduce. As an alternative to boarding we have a list of home and dog sitters we can recommend. Starting this week we will also be carrying the influenza vaccine. Thus far it has proven to be protective as no vaccinated dogs have shown respiratory symptoms. If you must board your dog then our recommendation is current vaccination with Rabies, DH(L)PP, Bordetella (kennel cough), and Influenza. The influenza vaccine requires boostering 3 weeks after the initial injection the first year. Therefore, it should be given 6-8 weeks prior to exposure to be protective. At this time many kennels, groomers, etc are not requiring these vaccines in order for the dogs to be dropped off. This is just terrifying. These vaccines are protective against not just transmissible respiratory problems but also deadly diseases like parvo. We do not require an exam for influenza vaccination as long as no other problems are present and only the single vaccine is required