Dogtopia of Stoughton will start requiring “Dog Flu” vaccine October 10th.
Our number one priority is the health and safety of your pup. With this in mind, we will be requiring the Canine Influenza (dog flu) vaccination to bring your pup to Dogtopia.
It’s important to note, that while the vaccination does not guarantee a dog won’t get the flu, it is proven to reduce the severity of the flu symptoms, the duration of symptoms and the time a dog can spread the flu virus. Plus, very importantly, there are no known cases of dog mortality from dogs that have been vaccinated.
You may have heard recent reports of positive cases of Dog Flu (Canine Influenza Virus) in the Northeast. Specifically, there were multiple cases in July in New York and Connecticut. While this virus is not contagious humans, it is contagious from dog to dog with direct contact. Pups who visit social settings like dog parks and daycare centers may have a higher chance at contracting the Dog Flu.
In order to reduce the chance of your pup from contracting the virus, we are requiring our furry friends to be current on the dog flu (Canine Influenza Vaccine.) The initial vaccination requires two doses, given 2-4 weeks apart. Following the second dose, the vaccine needs to be boosted annually.

When is the “Dog Flu” vaccine required?
October 10th is the date we are requiring all clients to have at least their first vaccination in order to attend daycare or boarding. We will require all clients to have their second vaccination completed by Wednesday November 7th. The vaccine consists of two shots, at least 14 days a part.
The vaccine manufacturer recommends the second dose of the vaccination to be given as soon as 14 days after the first one. Some vets are suggesting “2 to 4 weeks” for vaccine number two. We feel they are doing this to provide you flexibility on scheduling appointments. You can have confidence that 14 days is a safe time period to administer the second vaccine and is the time frame we are recommending.
Can my pup come to Dogtopia during this vaccination process?
Yes, your pup is welcome to attend daycare or boarding during this vaccination process. However, if your pup has shown any signs of the dog flu, they must remain at home for 24 days after the flu symptoms have subsided. As you will see during our check-in process, we are asking each client a series of questions to minimize the risk of the dog flu virus entering our facility. We will continue this process for the foreseeable future.
Signs of Canine Influenza
• Lethargy
• Loss of Appetite
• Dehydration
• Cough
• Runny Nose
• Fever

Where and how to vaccinate?
Most vets are now carrying the vaccine. Simply call your vet and make an appointment. If it’s time for your dog’s regular exam, it’s also important to see your vet.

Please feel free to call us with any questions!