Sylvania dog groomer to require flu vaccines for four-legged clients

SYLVANIA, Oh (WTVG) - On a day when 30 to 40 dogs would come through the doors, the Sheri May Meyers Pet Styling Salon in Sylvania, was quiet Wednesday.

"It's something we didn't expect to ever experience," owner Sheri Meyers said. "We did 6 dogs Wednesday, 4 Tuesday and zero are scheduled for Thursday. That's unheard of."

In the business for more than 30 years, Meyers' salon is far from failing. Instead, the local dog flu outbreak has halted operations, at least for right now.

"I feel that it's in our best interest to worry about our clients and their pet's safety," she said.

Now, every dog that walks in must have the vaccine to protect against the highly contagious virus.

"I have a huge cross over clientele," she said. "A lot of my clients do frequent the doggy day cares and the boarding facilities and of course the veterinarians."

"Even dogs that are in a single household; if the owner goes to a pet store and gets coughed on by another dog, they could potentially carry it home," Dr. Anna Brown, senior staff veterinarian, Toledo Area Humane Society said.

Dr. Brown also stresses the importance of the vaccine. In fact the organization will be hosting three, affordable vaccine clinics for the public to get as many dogs protected as possible.

She is quick to point out, though, that the results aren't immediate.

"It doesn't really provide much immunity, initially," Brown said. "When the get boostered in 2 to 4 weeks, a few weeks after that, they pick up some immunity."

Without there are potentially serious consequences, like pneumonia.

That's why people like Meyers are doing whatever they can to spread the word.

"It's going to be important that everybody help work as a community and get this thing under control," Meyers told 13abc.

In the meantime, she says she isn't too concerned about business. She says they should be able to make up for lost time during the holidays.