Canine Influenza: An Emerging Threat to Dogs Health

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With the H3N8 Canine Influenza Virus on the spread, dogs need added protection this flu season according to PetAirapy, LLC.

Airborne transmission is the primary way canine influenza spreads. When an infected dog coughs or sneezes, they release the virus into the air.

A relatively new disease that began affecting dogs in 2004, canine influenza (H3N8) has been identified in 38 states. Over the past few months small epidemics have been seen in various regions including Texas and the tri-state area. Veterinarian clinics, shelters, boarding kennels, pet stores and groom shops are especially vulnerable to an outbreak according to PetAirapy, LLC.

While most infected facilities have to resort to a temporary shutdown to manually disinfect every corner of their building, Annette Uda, founder of PetAirapy LLC, an Illinois-based company specializing in commercial-grade air-purifying systems exclusively for the pet industry, has a different solution. She believes the most powerful cure is prevention. Because canine influenza is an air-borne disease, the only way to stop it from spreading is to sanitize the air—and that’s not as difficult as it may sound.

According to the Center for Disease Control, (CDC) ultraviolet light (UV-C) can destroy Influenza (flu) viruses. PetAirapy, LLC., makers of commercial-grade air-purifying systems, uses powerful UV-C technology to help reduce the spread of the H3N8 Canine Influenza virus. Thanks to PetAirapy’s new line of germicidal disinfectant units, pet businesses can now easily and cost-effectively protect their customers, reputations and livelihood from diseases like canine influenza.

“Airborne transmission is the primary way canine influenza spreads,” Uda said. “When an infected dog coughs or sneezes, they release the virus into the air. The virus, which is in the form of droplet nuclei, is able to survive for hours and in some cases much longer on dust and dander until it is inhaled by another animal, causing infection”. “With canine influenza now becoming increasingly popular among dogs, it’s important for pet care professionals to take the necessary steps to protect their furry clients not by just cleaning surfaces but also by cleaning the air,” said Uda.

PetAirapy’s units utilize powerful ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technology to exterminate the bacteria and viruses that threaten the health of our pets. UVGI is a sanitation method that sends out short wavelengths of UV light which destroys bacteria and viruses at the cellular level. PetAirapy’s units have been independently tested and proven to eliminate 99.9% of harmful pet pathogens - including canine influenza (H3N8).

“The only sure-fire way to help protect your business from an outbreak is to make sure you are circulating air that has been sanitized,” Uda observed. “Although surface disinfectants are helpful, they cannot exterminate what is in the air.” By installing one of PetAirapy’s cleaning units, you can provide maximum protection for your business. These units are quick to install and to take with you if you relocate to another facility.”

For more information on PetAirapy’s use of UV lights to kill harmful viruses such as the H3N8 Canine Influenza or to view their complete line of air purification and surface disinfectant units for pets, visit Contact Annette Uda annette(at)petairapy(dot)com for all additional media inquiries regarding this press release.

PetAirapy, LLC makes a wide variety of air purification and surface disinfectant units for professional and residential use. PetAirapy units for professional use incorporate UV-C technology to kill viruses and bacteria that can result in the flu and various illnesses among pets. PetAirapy systems also work by helping to prevent a wide range of environmental allergens creating a happier and healthier life for pets. Please visit to find products or contact annette(at)PetAirapy(dot)com for more information.

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